AUTHORS Doris Lessing


The literary world just lost a unique voice. Doris Lessing has died in London at age 94.

Lessing explored topics ranging from colonial Africa to dystopian Britain, from the mystery of being female to science fiction. She’s best known for her 1962 novel The Golden Notebook. When Lessing won the Nobel Literature prize in 2007, she responded: “Oh Christ! … I couldn’t care less.”

Lessing was born in Persia, then moved to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). At 19, she married her first husband, and had a son and a daughter. She abandoned that family and was drawn into a group of literary communists headed by Gottfried Lessing, who became her second husband. When she again became disillusioned, Lessing left her husband and moved to Britain, to become an important voice in our literary landscape.

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