Great World Writers: Twentieth Century - Vol. 6

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Doris Lessing

BORN: October 22, 1919, Kermanshah, Persia

IDENTIFICATION: A writer who has adeptly used various literary
forms, fictional and nonfictional both, to illustrate important points
about politics, South African apartheid, and women's lives.

SIGNIFICANCE: Doris Lessing's lifetime has covered over three-quarters of
the twentieth century, and her work, taken as a whole, reflects the insights of
a thoughtful observer meditating on the century's changing social and politi-
cal scene. Throughout her prolific career she has not hesitated to change her
mind when the facts called for doing so. Her first work, The Grass Is Singing
(1950), drew the public's attention to the peculiar social relations that had
grown up between South African blacks and whites because of apartheid.
Lessing's greatest critical success, The Golden Notebook (1962), was read en-
thusiastically by many women, who felt that Lessing had addressed their own
feelings and situations.

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  • Title Page 721
  • Contents 723
  • Thomas Keneally 725
  • Jamaica Kincaid 747
  • D.H. Laurence 763
  • Doris Lessing 785
  • C. S. Lewis 803
  • Naguib Mahfouz 825
  • André Malraux 845
  • Index 863
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