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Doris Lessing - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
Biographical Information

Stories about Doris Lessing

Selected works by this author

Selected books about / related to this author

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of Doris Lessing, author of The Golden Notebook; twentieth century American Literature
Doris Lessing   (1919 - 2013)
 
Category:  English Literature
 
Born: 1919Died: 2013
 
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Doris Lessing - LIFE STORIES
 
 
4/16/1962     Lessing's Golden Notebook
On this day in 1962, Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook was published. It is the most highly-praised and still the best-selling of her two-dozen books. Lessing described it as an attempt "to break certain forms of consciousness and go beyond them"; she also said that the novel became "an albatross" hung around her neck by a feminist misreading.
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Doris Lessing: Conversations
interviews
 
The Golden Notebook
fiction
 
The Sirian Experiments
anthology, fiction
 
To Room Nineteen
anthology, fiction
 
Under My Skin: My Autobiography to 1949
autobiography
 
Walking in the Shade: 1949-1962
autobiography
 
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Doris Lessing
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biography
 
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BBC Interviews
An interview in which the author discusses what it takes to be a writer, her feelings that The Golden Notebook is not necessarily a "womans' book," a comparison of imaginative storytelling, parables and fables with realism, how she would like readers to interpret her novels and recognize their importance as "aides to living."

"I think it was Virginia Woolf who said that practically nobody read novels the way a writer would like them to be read. ... I think you learn more about something if you're detached, and not identifying. You see what people do is to identify with characters, and I don't think that's a way of learning very much about yourself or the character."
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