Nobel Prize in Literature

The 2006 Nobel Prize winner in Literature, Orhan Pamuk spoke at Dartmouth today. Pamuk, a Turkish author, seamlessly wove humor into remarks that alternated between anecdotes and excerpts from his books. His four most important authors? Tolstoi, Dostoevsky, Mann, and Proust.

On a separate but related note, this year’s Nobel Prize winner in Literature was announced today. Doris Lessing is a Persian-born author of British descent, who grew up in Southern Rhodesia. A hero of the feminist movement, she also abandoned her husband and two children.