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Coetzee, John Maxwell (J. M. Coetzee)

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Born: 1940 AD
Currently alive, at 74 years of age.

Nationality: African
Categories: Authors, Critics, Novelists, Writers

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1940 - John Maxwell Coetzee, born on the 9th of February in Cape Town. He often called J.M. Coetzee, is a South African author (now living in Australia) and academic.

1960 - He attended St. Joseph's College, a Catholic school in the Cape Town suburb of Rondebosch, and later studied mathematics and English at the University of Cape Town, receiving his Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English.

1961 - Received his Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Mathematics.

        - Relocated to London, where he worked for a time at IBM as a computer programmer.

1963 - He was awarded Master of Arts degree from UCT.

1971 - After leaving Texas he taught English and literature at the SUNY-Buffalo in New York.

1983 - He was the first author to be awarded the Booker Prize twice: first for Life & Times of Michael K.

1997 - He spent most of his early life in Cape Town and in Worcester in Western Cape Province as recounted in his fictionalized memoir, Boyhood.

2002 - Upon retiring, he relocated to Adelaide, Australia, where he was made an honorary research fellow at the English Department of the University of Adelaide, where his partner, Dorothy Driver, is a fellow academic.

2003 -  He served as professor on the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago.

       - In October, it was announced that he was to be the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the fourth African writer to be so honoured, and the second (as he then was) South African (after Nadine Gordimer).

2006 - Became an Australian citizen in a ceremony presided over by Australian Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone.



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