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Doris Lessing
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Doris May Lessing (née Tayler; born 22 October 1919) is a British novelist, poet, playwright, librettist, biographer and short story writer. Her novels include The Grass Is Singing (1950), the sequence of five novels collectively called Children of Violence (1952–69), The Golden Notebook (1962), The Good Terrorist (1985), and five novels collectively known as Canopus in Argos: Archives (1979–1983).

Lessing was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature. In doing so the Swedish Academy described her as "that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny". Lessing was the eleventh woman and the oldest... more »

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  • It was almost with the feeling of a rider who was wondering whether his horse would make the course that she regarded this body of hers, which was not only divided from her brain by the necessity of k...
    Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. Martha Quest, in A Proper Marriage, ch. 3, p. 63, Simon and Schuster (1952).
  • And so she knelt in front of a bookcase, in driving need of the right arrangement of words; for it is a remarkable fact that she was left unmoved by criticisms of the sort of person she was by parents...
    Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. Martha Quest, in A Proper Marriage, ch. 3, p. 62, Simon and Schuster (1952).
  • There arose, glimmering whitely over the harsh scrub and the stunted trees, a noble city, set foursquare and colonnaded along its falling flower-bordered terraces. There were splashing fountains, and ...
    Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. Martha Quest, in Martha Quest, pt. 1, ch. 1, p. 11, Simon and Schuster (1952).
  • She was watching, fearfully, the effect on herself of the poetry of suffering; the words "no man's land," "star shells," "Boche," touched off in her images like those of poetry; no man's land was the ...
    Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. Martha Quest, in Martha Quest, ch. 2, p. 25, Simon and Schuster (1952).
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