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Doris Lessing


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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  • ''"I suppose with the French Revolution for a father and the Russian Revolution for a mother, you can very well dispense with a family," he observed.''
    Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. Mr. Maynard to Martha Quest, in A Proper Marriage, pt. 4, ch. 4, p. 345, Simon and Schuster (1952).
  • ''If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape, then cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air.''
    Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. Particularly Cats, ch. 2 (1967).
  • ''What is charm then? The free giving of a grace, the spending of something given by nature in her role of spendthrift ... something extra, superfluous, unnecessary, essentially a power thrown away.''
    Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. Particularly Cats, ch. 9 (1967).
  • ''Literature is analysis after the event.''
    Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. Quoted in "Afterwords," sect. 2, Children of Albion: Poetry of the Underground in Britain, ed. Michael Horo...
  • What a phenomenon it has been—science fiction, space fiction—exploding out of nowhere, unexpectedly of course, as always happens when the human mind is being forced to expand; this time star...
    Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. Some remarks, Shikasta, p. x, Knopf (1971).
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