Currently alive, at 95 years of age.
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1923 – She was born on the 23rd day of November this year in Springs, Gauteng, Johannesburg, South Africa. She was educated at a Catholic convent school, but was largely homebound, as a child because of her mother’s "strange reasons of her own" apparently, fears that Gordimer had a weak heart.
1937 – She began writing at an early age, and published her first stories in at the age of fifteen. Her first published work was a short story for children, "The Quest for Seen Gold”.
1948 – She did not complete her degree, but moved to Johannesburg in this year, where she has lived ever since.
1949 – She wrote her first fiction “Face to Face” in this year.
1951 – The New Yorker accepted her story "A Watcher of the Dead", beginning a long relationship, and bringing her work to a much larger public.
1953 – Her first novel, The Lying Days, was published in this year.
1954 – She married Reinhold Cassirer, a highly respected art dealer who established the South African Sotheby’s and later ran his own gallery; their "wonderful marriage" lasted until his death from emphysema in 2001.
1961 – She had begun to achieve international literary recognition, receiving her first major award in this year. She also won the Booker Prize for her 1974 novel, The Conservationist
1988 – She wrote her latest short story “The Moment Before the Gun Went Off”.
1991 – She won this year’s Nobel Prize in literature.