This morning, we learned that Doris Lessing is this year's winner of the Nobel Prize in literature. Professor Horace Engdahl, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, made the announcement this morning. The New York Times reported that, "Ms. Lessing learned the news from a group of reporters camped on her doorstep as she returned home from visiting her son in the hospital." Surprise! Well, maybe it wasn't totally out of the blue.... Motoko Rich continues,
perhaps she was not entirely surprised, because 'this has been going on for something like 40 years,' a reference to the many years when she had been named as a potential honoree. 'You can't go on getting excited every year about this,' she said. 'There are limits to getting excited finally.
The Prize citation calls Lessing, "that epicist of the female experience, who with skepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilization to scrutiny." Are you satisfied with the Swedish Academy's decision? What other writer deserves the award?