Motherhood Need Not Spell the End of Literature
Byline: SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE
THERE IS NO more sombre enemy of good art than the pram in the hall,wrote Cyril Connolly. Britain's latest Nobel Laureate for Literature, DorisLessing, would doubtless agree.
Lessing abandoned her two infant children (both under five) after leaving herfirst husband. "I had these two children and just couldn't afford to keepthem," she said. Her two prams were not only enemies of promise but becameemblematic of female poverty.
Some of the best female writers of the 20th century found it difficult tocombine motherhood and creativity.
Dame Muriel Spark walked out on her son when he was six to write novels andseek fame and …
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Publication information: Article title: Motherhood Need Not Spell the End of Literature. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Evening Standard (London, England). Publication date: October 16, 2007. Page number: 13. © Not available. COPYRIGHT 2007 Gale Group.
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