Nadine Gordimer (20 November 1923 - 13 July 2014) was a South African writer, novelist, and political activist. She was recipient of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature.She was born near Springs, a mining town outside Johannesburg. Her father, Isidore Gordimer, was a Lithuanian Jewish immigrant from Zagare, Lithuania, then Russian Empire, and her mother, Hannah "Nan" (Myers) Gordimer, was from London, from a family of Jewish origins. Much of Gordimer's writing dealt with moral and racial issues, particularly the apartheid system in South Africa. Under that regime, works such as The Bourgeois World, Burger's Daughter, July's People, and South African Writing Today were banned. She was active in the anti-apartheid movement, joining the African National Congress during the days when the organization was banned.
She gave Nelson Mandela advice on his famous 1964 defence speech at the trial which led to his conviction for life. Her concern about the poverty and discrimination faced by black people in South Africa led her to found a creche for black children. She also witnessed government repression first-hand as a teenager. Gordimer was educated at a Catholic convent school, but her schooling was largely home-bound. She started writing an early age.
Gordimer studied for a year at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, where she mixed for the first time with fellow professionals across the colour bar. While taking classes in Johannesburg, she continued to write, publishing mostly in local South African magazines. She collected many of these early stories in Face to Face, published in 1949. Gordimer's first novel, The Lying Days, was published in 1953. Her works achieved lasting international recognition, most of which dealt with political issues.
Her first international literary recognition came in 1961, followed by numerous literary awards throughout the ensuing decades. Gordimer died in her sleep on 13 July 2014 at the age of 90. The item consists of a one-page letter, all on onion paper, about 8"x12", in two parts (no date, but it's possible letter was typed around 1976 according to text) by Gordimer, the first part is typed outlining her early works, awards, and work in progress, and the second part is devoted by adding a few hand-written notes and is personally signed by Nadine Gordimer in black ink. Only one owner and well-preserved over the years.In extremely very fine condtion. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Autographs\Other Collectible Autographs". The seller is "ashoka" and is located in this country: ZA. This item can be shipped worldwide.