Doris Lessing

One of the great twentieth century novelists, and a winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2007...

Doris Lessing

Biography

Date of birth: 22 October 1919

Date of death: 17 November 2013

Doris May Lessing passed away peacefully in her home in the early hours of the morning, Sunday 17th November.

Born in what is now Iran, she moved to Southern Rhodesia - now Zimbabwe - as a child before settling in England in 1949.

Her debut novel The Grass is Singing was published in 1950 and she made her breakthrough with The Golden Notebook in 1962.

Lessing was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature. In awarding the Prize 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 person ever to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.

In 2001, Lessing was awarded the David Cohen Prize for a lifetime's achievement in British literature. In 2008, The Times ranked her fifth on a list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".

Book and writing awards

Companion of Literature of the Royal Society of Literature 2000, the David Cohen Prize 2001 and the Nobel Prize in Literature 2007

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Nadine Gordimer, Margaret Atwood, Simone de Beauvoir

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The Grass is Singing

The Grass is Singing

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The Nobel Prize-winner Doris Lessing's first novel is a taut and tragic portrayal of a crumbling marriage, set in South Africa during the years of Arpartheid. Set in Rhodesia, 'The Grass is Singing' tells the story of Dick Turner, a...
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The Grass is Singing

The Grass is Singing (Paperback)

by Doris Lessing

Format: Paperback 208 pages
Published: 17/01/2013
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The Golden Notebook

The Golden Notebook (Paperback)

by Doris Lessing

Format: Paperback 576 pages
Published: 17/01/2013
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The landmark novel of the Sixties - a powerful account of a woman searching for her personal, political and professional identity while facing... Read more

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Briefing for a Descent into Hell

Briefing for a Descent into Hell (Paperback)

by Doris Lessing

Format: Paperback 256 pages
Published: 02/08/1995
Publisher: Flamingo

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A study of a man beyond the verge of a nervous breakdown, this is a brilliant and disturbing novel by Doris Lessing, winner of the Nobel Prize for... Read more

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The Good Terrorist

The Good Terrorist (Paperback)

by Doris Lessing

Format: Paperback 400 pages
Published: 17/01/2013
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A group of squatters rebel against Mrs Thatcher and erupt into violence in this politicised novel from the author of 'The Golden Notebook'.... Read more

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Love, Again

Love, Again (Paperback)

by Doris Lessing

Format: Paperback 352 pages
Published: 03/03/1997
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A fierce, compelling account of the nature and origins of love from Doris Lessing, one of the most acclaimed writers of the twentieth century and... Read more

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Mara and Dann: An Adventure

Mara and Dann: An Adventure (Paperback)

by Doris Lessing

Format: Paperback 416 pages
Published: 03/04/2000
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A visionary novel from Doris Lessing, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. It is sooner than you might think. And the Earth's climate is... Read more

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The Sweetest Dream

The Sweetest Dream (Paperback)

by Doris Lessing

Format: Paperback 496 pages
Published: 01/07/2002
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Nobel Prize for Literature winner Doris Lessing tackles the 1960s and their legacy head-on in one of her most involving, personal, political novels.... Read more

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The Story of General Dann and Mara's Daughter, Griot and the Snow Dog (Paperback)

by Doris Lessing

Format: Paperback 336 pages
Published: 19/06/2006
Publisher: HarperPerennial

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A fascinating novel of love and ecology from the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Doris Lessing returns to the world of visionary fiction,... Read more

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The Cleft

The Cleft (Paperback)

by Doris Lessing

Format: Paperback 288 pages
Published: 07/01/2008
Publisher: HarperPerennial

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Doris Lessing, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, invites us to imagine a mythical society free from sexual intrigue, free from jealousy,... Read more

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Alfred and Emily

Alfred and Emily (Paperback)

by Doris Lessing

Format: Paperback 288 pages
Published: 05/03/2009
Publisher: HarperPerennial

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Doris Lessing's first book after winning the Nobel Prize for Literature revisits her childhood in Southern Africa and the lives, both fictional... Read more

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