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Doris Lessing

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

22/10/1919 - 17/11/2013

Doris Lessing biography and information

  • Doris May Lessing passed away peacefully in her home in the early hours of the morning, on Sunday 17th November, 2013.
  • 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".

  • She 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

Similar authors to Doris Lessing

Nadine GordimerMargaret Atwood and Simone de Beauvoir

Books by Doris Lessing