||Nadine Gordimer, novelist and short story writer, was born in Springs,
South Africa, in 1923. She spent her childhood in Transvaal, and began writing
at an early age, publishing her first short story,
"Come Again Tomorrow," when she was 15. At 21,
Gordimer briefly attended Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg where she
was exposed to the social and political atmosphere of South Africa, which would
become the focus of her works. Gordimer married twice -- first in 1949 to G.
Gavron, with whom she has a daughter, and then to Reinhold Cassirer in 1954.
They have a son.
||Gordimer remained in Johannesburg and her works reflect the racially
turbulent themes of South Africa's history. She has published ten novels. Her
first was the semi-autobiographical
The Lying Days (1953), which was followed by
A World of Strangers (1958),
Occasion for Loving (1963),
The Late Bourgeois World (1966),
A Guest of Honour (1971),
The Conservationist (1974),
Burger's Daughter (1979),
July's People (1981),
A Sport of Nature (1987), and
My Son's Story (1990).
||Gordimer's short stories have been published in various magazines such
Harpers, and the
Yale Review. They have also been published
in several collections, including
Face to Face (1949),
Friday's Footprint (1960), and most
||Nadine Gordimer received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991. She
continues to live in and write about South Africa.