Nadine Gordimer

Nadine Gordimer (nādēn´ gôr´dəmər), 1923–2014, South African writer, b. Springs. A member of the African National Congress, Gordimer fought apartheid in her political life and in her writings, which often combine the political and personal. She was often militantly critical of South African life in her fiction, and tendered little moral hope for whites who lived under apartheid. In 1991 she won the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Gordimer published her first short story at age 15 and later many of her stories appeared in the New Yorker magazine. Her stories show a fine sensitivity to the complexities of human relationships. Her collections include Selected Stories (1975), A Soldier's Embrace (1980), Jump and Other Stories (1991), Why Haven't You Written? Selected Stories 1950–1972 (1993), Loot and Other Stories (2003), Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black and Other Stories (2007), and Life Times: Stories, 1952–2007 (2010). Her novels include The Late Bourgeois World (1966), A Guest of Honor (1970), The Conservationist (1974, Booker Prize), Burger's Daughter (1979), July's People (1981), A Sport of Nature (1987), My Son's Story (1990), Get a Life (2005), and No Time like the Present (2012). Gordimer also wrote many essays, often political or literary; they were collected in The Essential Gesture (1988), Writing and Being (1995), Living in Hope and History (1999), Telling Times: Writing and Living, 1954–2008 (2010), and other books.

See N. T. Bazin and M. D. Seymour, ed., Conversations with Nadine Gordimer (1990); biography by R. S. Roberts (2005); studies by J. Cooke (1985), S. Clingman (1986), R. Smith, ed. (1990), K. Kreimeier (1991), B. King, ed. (1993), D. Head (1995), K. Wagner (1994), J. Uraizee (1999), B. Temple-Thurston (1999), and B. J. Uledi Kamanga (2002); D. Goldblatt, ed. A Writing Life: Celebrating Nadine Gordimer (1998).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Nadine Gordimer: Selected full-text books and articles

Nadine Gordimer at Eighty-Two By Naparstek, Ben Tikkun, Vol. 21, No. 3, May/June 2006
The Liberal Tradition in South African Literature: Still a Curse? Nadine Gordimer's A Guest of Honour Revisited By Ogede, Ode S International Fiction Review, Vol. 33, No. 1-2, January 2006
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The Dictator's Dictation: The Politics of Novels and Novelists By Robert Boyers Columbia University Press, 2005
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 10 "Primacies and Politics: Nadine Gordimer"
African Visions: Literary Images, Political Change, and Social Struggle in Contemporary Africa By Cheryl B. Mwaria; Silvia Federici; Joseph McLaren Praeger Publishers, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 12 "White Women, Black Revolutionaries: Sex and Politics in Four Novels by Nadine Gordimer"
Atrocity and Amnesia: The Political Novel since 1945 By Robert Boyers Oxford University Press, 1987
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "Nadine Gordimer: Public and Private"
Writing Woman, Writing Place: Contemporary Australian and South African Fiction By Sue Kossew Routledge, 2004
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "A White Woman’s Words: The Politics of Representation and Commitment"
Southern African Literatures By Michael Chapman Longman, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Part Five, Chap. 4 "The Truth of Fiction and the Fiction of Truth: Writing Novels in the Interregnum: Gordimer, Coetzee, and Soweto Novels"
Against the Tide: Whites in the Struggle against Apartheid By Joshua N. Lazerson Westview Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: "Nadine Gordimer's A World of Strangers" begins on p. 141
Evolving Jewish Identities in German Culture: Borders and Crossings By Linda E. Feldman; Diana Orendi Praeger Publishers, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "'A Frosty Hall of Mirrors': Father Knows Best in Franz Kafka and Nadine Gordimer"
A Reader's Companion to the Short Story in English By Erin Fallon; R. C. Feddersen; James Kurtzleben; Maurice A. Lee; Susan Rochette-Crawley Greenwood Press, 2001
Librarian’s tip: "Nadine Gordimer (November 20, 1923-)" begins on p. 182
Great World Writers: Twentieth Century By Patrick M. O'Neil Marshall Cavendish, vol.4, 2004
Librarian’s tip: "Nadine Gordimer" begins on p. 457
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