Annie Ernaux wins Nobel Prize in Literature for deeply personal accounts of gender and class

Novels by Annie Ernaux
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The Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded Thursday to French author Annie Ernaux for her deeply personal books that speak candidly on incidents from her own life highlighting class and gender. She's only the 17th woman to win the prize since its creation in 1901.

The 82-year-old author has a number of notable books, many of which are autobiographical; however, the novel that brought her to prominence was her fourth work, La place, or A Man's Place, CNN reports. The short, 100-page novel is about her father and the society that created him.

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