Archive for writer

Overnight: Nadine Gordimer

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

Nadine Gordimer

Nadine Gordimer, who just left us the other day,wrote about apartheid in South Africa. She was a Nobel Prize winner.

From YouTube:

Published on Sep 8, 2013
Filmmaker and photographer Adrian Steirn pays homage to South Africa's celebrated and Nobel prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer. He shoots an "Alice in Wonderland" portrait of her as she reveals the profound love of books and writing that has focused her entire life.

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

Nadine Gordimer, South African Writer, Dies at 90

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

Nadine Gordimer

I just learned that Nadine Gordimer died on Sunday.  She was 90.

From the Wiki about her life:

In South Africa, she joined the African National Congress when it was still listed as an illegal organization by the South African government.[5][20] While never blindly loyal to any organization, Gordimer saw the ANC as the best hope for reversing South Africa's treatment of black citizens. Rather than simply criticizing the organization for its perceived flaws, she advocated joining it to address them.[5] She hid ANC leaders in her own home to aid their escape from arrest by the government, and she said that the proudest day of her life was when she testified at the 1986 Delmas Treason Trial on behalf of 22 South African anti-apartheid activists. ....

Gordimer achieved lasting international recognition for her works, most of which deal with political issues, as well as the "moral and psychological tensions of her racially divided home country."[30] Virtually all of Gordimer's works deal with themes of love and politics, particularly concerning race in South Africa. Always questioning power relations and truth, Gordimer tells stories of ordinary people, revealing moral ambiguities and choices. ....

Her first published novel, The Lying Days (1953), takes place in Gordimer's home town of Springs, Transvaal, an East Rand mining town near Johannesburg. Arguably a semi-autobiographical work, The Lying Days is a Bildungsroman, charting the growing political awareness of a young white woman, Helen, toward small-town life and South African racial division.

Please also read this excellent short article on Nadine Gordimer by our friend Alan Greenblatt on NPR:

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

Overnight: Maya Angelou: On the Pulse of Morning

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou recited 'On the Pulse of Morning' at the Clinton Inauguration in 1993.

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

Maya Angelou, American Author, is Dead at 86

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou has left the earth.

From her Wiki:

Maya Angelou (/ˈmaɪ.ə ˈændʒəloʊ/;[1][2] born Marguerite Ann Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American author and poet. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years.

We will post more about her later but in the meantime, please read this excellent post by our friend Anomaly at FreakOutNation:

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare