Doris Lessing emerged from a black cab outside her home in London one day in 2007 and was confronted by a horde of reporters. When told she had won the Nobel Prize, she blinked and retorted "Oh Christ! ... I couldn't care less."
That was typical of the independent — and often irascible — author who died Sunday after a long career that included "The Golden Notebook," a 1962 novel that made her an icon of the women's movement.