ISI Director Stephen Clingman Remembers Nadine Gordimer

Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer passed away at age 90, leaving behind a legacy of more than 30 books, political commentary, and activism. ISI Director Stephen Clingman, whose first book was The Novels of Nadine Gordimer: History From the Inside (1986) and later edited a collection of Gordimer's essays, The Essential Gesture: Writing, Politics and Places (1988), developed a personal friendship with Gordimer along with a scholarly interest in her works. Clingman's tribute to Gordimer in The Conversation recalls Gordimer's "steadfastness, loyalty, toughness, tenderness, and most of all great friendship." Additionally, Clingman's essay "Première fois, dernière fois, souvenirs de Nadine Gordimer" was published in translation in Libération. In an interview on Los Angeles's KCRWClingman recalls the beginning of a "great working relationship" with Gordimer, and comments on her fiction, politics, and tenacity to tell the truth. Clingman was responsible for inviting Gordimer to give the English Department's Troy Lecture in 1991; she gave her talk the very week that she was named the winner of the Nobel Prize.