Doris May Lessing

Doris May Lessing was a British-Zimbabwean (Rhodesian) novelist, poet, playwright, librettist, biographer, and short story writer. She was born on October 22, 1919, in Iran and grew up in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Lessing is best known for her novels 'The Grass is Singing' (1950) and the sequence of novels collectively called 'Children of Violence' (1952–1969). Her 1962 novel 'The Golden Notebook' is considered a seminal work of feminist literature. Lessing was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2007, praised for her 'skepticism, fire and visionary power.' She explored themes including gender, politics, and psychology in her works. Doris Lessing passed away on November 17, 2013.


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  1. 1. The Memoirs of a Survivor

    Set in a dystopian future, this novel follows the story of a woman who is tasked with taking care of a young girl named Emily. As society crumbles around them, the woman begins to see visions of the past and future through a wall in her apartment. These visions, along with her experiences with Emily, force her to confront the harsh realities of human nature and the potential for both destruction and renewal. The story explores themes of societal decay, survival, and the complexities of human relationships.