Gordimer was a South African writer, political activist and recipient of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature. She was recognized as a woman who lived as being a very great benefit to humanity.
Gordimer was educated at a Catholic convent school, but was largely home-bound as a child because her mother did not put her into school Home-bound and often isolated, she began writing at an early age, and published her first stories in when she was 15 years old.
Her first published work was a short story for children, "The Quest for Seen Gold," which appeared in the Children's Sunday Express.
At the age of 16, she had her first adult fiction published.
She studied for a year at the University of the Witwatersrand, where she mixed for the first time with fellow professionals of different cultures and races. She also became involved in the Sophiatown renaissance.
She did not complete her degree, but moved to Johannesburg in 1948, where she lived the rest of her life. While taking classes in Johannesburg, Gordimer continued to write, publishing mostly in local South African magazines.
She had many other published works including in the well-known "New Yorker".
Gordimer married twice and died at the age of 90.