Nadine Gordimer (GOHR-dih-muhr) is a prolific writer and one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers of short stories. Her first collection of stories, Face to Face (1949), was published in Johannesburg by Silver Leaf Books. Her first story published in The New Yorker, where most of her stories have initially appeared, was “A Watcher of the Dead” (June 9, 1951). Gordimer’s first collection of stories to be published in the United States was The Soft Voice of the Serpent, and Other Stories (1952). This collection was followed by many others, including Six Feet of the Country (1956), Friday’s Footprint, and Other Stories (1960), Not for Publication, and Other Stories (1965), A Soldier’s Embrace (1980), Crimes of Conscience (1991), Loot, and Other Stories (2003), and Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black, and Other Stories (2007). Gordimer has also written teleplays for three of her stories that were adapted for television (“Country Lovers,” “A Chip of Glass Ruby,” and “Praise”). She has published numerous literary reviews and other essays and short pieces, usually dealing with literature or with the culture or politics of South Africa. Her collections of essays include The Black Interpreters: Notes on African Writing (1973), The Essential Gesture: Writing, Politics, and Places (1988; edited by Stephen Clingman), Writing and Being (1995), and Living in Hope and History: Notes from Our Century (1999). With Lionel Abrahams she edited South African Writing Today (1967). Gordimer also contributed to and edited Telling Tales (2004), a collection of twenty-one short stories by world-renowned authors; profits from the sale of this volume have been donated to help agencies working to control the spread of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and to treat those with HIV and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).