Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing

Doris May Lessing CH OMG (née Tayler; 1919–2013) was a British-Zimbabwean (Rhodesian) novelist. She was born to British parents in Iran, where she lived until 1925. Her family then moved to Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), where she remained until moving in 1949 to London, England. Her novels include The Grass Is Singing (1950), the sequence of five novels collectively called Children of Violence (1952–1969), The Golden Notebook (1962), The Good Terrorist (1985), and five novels collectively known as Canopus in Argos: Archives (1979–1983).

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". Lessing was 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".

Photo: Doris Lessing, British writer, at lit.cologne, Cologne literature festival 2006, Germany. Photo source: Wikimedia Commons.


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Edited: Seregil of Rhiminee September 04, 2020
Book Covers
Briefing for a Descent into Hell
The Memoirs of a Survivor5.66
Re: Colonised Planet 5: Shikasta (Canopus in Argos: Archives #1)5.42
The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four, and Five (Canopus in Argos: Archives #2)6.62
The Sirian Experiments: The Report by Ambien II, of the Five (Canopus in Argos: Archives #3)6.66
The Making of the Representative for Planet 8 (Canopus in Argos: Archives #4)6.00
Documents Relating to the Sentimental Agents in the Volyen Empire (Canopus in Argos: Archives #5)
The Fifth Child (Fifth Child #1)8.00
Mara and Dann: An Adventure
Ben, in the World (Fifth Child #2)
The Story of General Dann and Mara's Daughter, Griot and the Snow Dog

Speculative Fiction Novels (11)


2005 | science fiction
(Fifth Child #2)
2000 | science fiction, mainstream

1998 | science fiction
(Fifth Child #1)
1988 | science fiction, mainstream
(Canopus in Argos: Archives #5)
1983 | science fiction
(Canopus in Argos: Archives #4)
1982 | science fiction
(Canopus in Argos: Archives #3)
1980 | science fiction
(Canopus in Argos: Archives #2)
1980 | science fiction
(Canopus in Argos: Archives #1)
1979 | science fiction, mainstream

1974 | science fiction, mainstream

1971 | fantasy, mainstream