One thing I know: she was not on the list of odds-on favorites. I have to admit that I haven't read her books, but I've certainly heard of her.
I'm sorry I've been such an errant blogger.
I get a kick out of their awarding this to a person of her age.
Any thoughts out there?
NOTE: Thanks, Nomi. Hope you don't mind, but here's a partial blurb and link to the story:
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Doris Lessing, author of dozens of works from short stories to science fiction, including the classic "The Golden Notebook," won the Nobel Prize for literature Thursday. She was praised by the judges for her "skepticism, fire and visionary power."
The Swedish academy's announcement was stunning even by the standards of Nobel judges, who have been known for such surprises as Austria's Elfriede Jelinek and Italy's Dario Fo.
I didn't see this coming either, but I'm glad to see that this noted writer was awarded this prize.