Nobel Prize in Literature Winners
The Nobel Prize in Literature is awarded (almost) every fall to a writer for his or her body of work, and is considered the world's most prestigious literary award. The winner receives a medal and a cash prize of about $1.1 million.
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Doris Lessing, 88, holds flowers on her doorstep after learning she had been awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature. Lessing was born in Iran to British parents and raised in Zimbabwe, when it was still the British colony of Rhodesia.