Popular and much-acclaimed author Doris Lessing, winner of the 2007 Nobel in literature, died today in her London home. The prolific author of novels and short stories is most known for her 1962 novel The Golden Notebook, a loosely autobiographical exploration of the inner lives of women. Lessing was a harsh critic of society’s treatment of women and minorties, and even as a young woman in her native South Africa spoke out against that country’s treatment of blacks. She also never minced words when being interviewed. In 2007, she arrived home to find her front stoop filled with journalists who informed her of her Nobel prize. She quipped, “Oh, Christ! I couldn’t care less.” Read more about her many accomplishments in this NY Times obituary.