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Lessing, Doris 1919-2013

Works: 1,544 works in 7,189 publications in 28 languages and 134,027 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Biography  Domestic fiction  Diary fiction  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Autobiographies  Romance fiction  Reviews 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Bibliographic antecedent, Creator, Interviewee, Other, Librettist, Narrator, pre, Translator, Honoree
Classifications: PR6023.E833, 823.914
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Most widely held works by Doris Lessing
The golden notebook by Doris Lessing( Book )

232 editions published between 1962 and 2014 in 12 languages and held by 5,003 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the first massive modern fiction statements on the position of women in the modern world, this novel explores the day by day minutae that make up a woman's life
The fifth child by Doris Lessing( Book )

220 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in 12 languages and held by 3,958 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bij een jong stel dat droomt van een groot huis en veel kinderen verloopt alles naar wens totdat het vijfde kind wordt geboren
The grass is singing by Doris Lessing( Book )

263 editions published between 1950 and 2013 in 16 languages and held by 3,310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in South Africa under white rule, Doris Lessing's first novel is both a riveting chronicle of human disintegration and a beautifully understated social critique
The summer before the dark by Doris Lessing( Book )

126 editions published between 1973 and 2010 in 13 languages and held by 3,066 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With her children grown and her husband away in America for several months, Kate Brown finds herself alone for the first time in twenty years
The good terrorist by Doris Lessing( Book )

107 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 2,748 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A detailed sociopolitical portrait of everyday life within a terrorist group in contemporary London. Alice Mellings mothers a collection of squatters in an abandoned house. The group evolves from radicals in spirit to revolutionaries in practice
The memoirs of a survivor by Doris Lessing( Book )

113 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in 12 languages and held by 2,687 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Memoirs of a Survivor is a dystopian novel by Doris Lessing. It was first published in 1974 by Octagon Press. Many years in the future, city life has broken down, communications have failed and food supplies are dwindling. From her window a middle-aged woman - our narrator - watches things fall apart and records what she witnesses: hordes of people migrating to the countryside, gangs of children roaming the streets. One day, a young girl, Emily, is brought to her house by a stranger and left in her care. A strange, precocious adolescent, drawn to the tribal streetlife and its barbaric rituals, she is unafraid of the harsh world outside, while our narrator retreats into her hidden world where reality fades and the past is revisited
Love, again : a novel by Doris Lessing( Book )

103 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in 12 languages and held by 2,435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first new novel from Doris Lessing in more than seven years, Love, Again tells the story of a sixty-five-year-old woman who falls in love. Or rather, Sarah Durham falls into a state of love, which is another country altogether, and struggles to maintain her sanity while there. Widowed for many years, with grown children, Sarah is a writer who works in the theater in London. When she falls in love with a seductive young actor, the beautiful and androgynous twenty-eight-year-old Bill, and then with the more mature, thirty-five-year-old director Henry, Sarah finds herself in a state of longing and desire she thought the province of younger women. This richly textured novel explores the affinities and connections between romantic love, depression and grief, homesickness and the emotional deprivations of childhood. The two men with whom Sarah falls in love, one after the other, cause her to relive her own stages of growing up, from immature and infantile love to the mature
The sweetest dream by Doris Lessing( Book )

64 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 2,269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of an extended family that spans the 20th century but has its fulcrum in the 60s
Briefing for a descent into Hell by Doris Lessing( Book )

104 editions published between 1971 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 2,257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charles Watkins, a professor of Classics at Cambridge University, has suffered a breakdown. Confined to a mental hospital as his friends and doctors attempt to bring him back to reality, Watkins has embarked on a tremendous psychological adventure that takes him from a spinning raft in the Atlantic to a ruined stone city on a tropical island to an outer-space journey through singing planets. As he travels in his mind through memory and the farther reaches of imagination, his doctors try to subdue him with ever more powerful drugs in a competition for his soul
The four-gated city by Doris Lessing( Book )

121 editions published between 1969 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 2,234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The 'Children of Violence' series, a quintet of novels tracing the life of Martha Quest, from her childhood in Africa to a post-nuclear Britain of AD 2000, first established Doris Lessing as a great radical writer. In this, the fifth and final volume, Martha, now middle-aged, leaves Africa for post-war London. As housekeeper to the Coldridge family, she watches the children in her care, the new 'children of violence', grow up in a disintegrating world, a world careering towards nuclear disaster."--Back cover
Shikasta : re, colonised planet 5 : personal, psychological, historical documents relating to visit by Johor (George Sherban) emissary (grade 9) 87th of the period of the last days by Doris Lessing( Book )

104 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in 11 languages and held by 2,191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: This is the first volume in the series of novels Doris Lessing calls collectively Canopus in Argos: Archives. Presented as a compilation of documents, reports, letters, speeches and journal entries, this purports to be a general study of the planet Shikasta-clearly the planet Earth-to be used by history students of the higher planet Canopus and to be stored in the Canopian archives. For eons, galactic empires have struggled against one another, and Shikasta is one of the main battlegrounds. Johar, an emissary from Canopus and the primary contributor to the archives, visits Shikasta over the millennia from the time of the giants and the biblical great flood up to the present. With every visit he tries to distract Shikastans from the evil influences of the planet Shammat but notes with dismay the ever-growing chaos and destruction of Shikasta as its people hurl themselves towards World War III and annihilation
Stories by Doris Lessing( Book )

28 editions published between 1978 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collects all of the acclaimed writer's stories, except those which deal with life in Africa, presenting intact a major aspect of her work
The grandmothers : four short novels by Doris Lessing( Book )

70 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 2,169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Grandmothers: Two women, close friends, fall in love with each other's teenage sons, and these passions last for years, until the women end them, promising a respectable old age." "Victoria and the Staveneys: A poor black girl has a baby with the son of a liberal middle-class family and finds that her little girl is slowly being absorbed into the world of white privilege and becoming estranged from her." "The Reason for It: Certain to appeal to fans of Shikasta and Memoirs of a Survivor, it describes the birth, flourishing, and decline of a culture long, long ago, but with many modern echoes." "A Love Child: A soldier in World War II, during the dangerous voyage to India around the Cape, falls in love on shore leave and remains convinced that a love child resulted from the wartime romance."--Jacket
A proper marriage : a complete novel ... by Doris Lessing( Book )

148 editions published between 1952 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 2,061 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Feeling trapped and alienated by her husband, Martha Quest must choose between the security of marriage and the sacrifices of independence
The cleft by Doris Lessing( Book )

53 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 2,048 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In an ancient society solely populated by women whose childbirth cycles are controlled by the moon, community harmony is thrown into jeopardy by the unheralded birth of a boy, whose existence brings into awareness the role of gender in virtually every aspect of daily life
Ben, in the world : the sequel to The fifth child by Doris Lessing( Book )

58 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 1,938 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben, now grown and in the care of good-hearted prostitute Rita and her boyfriend, unknowingly helps them transport drugs to Paris
African stories by Doris Lessing( Book )

54 editions published between 1951 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 1,932 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collection of the best of Doris Lessing's short stories and a couple of novellas all set in her native Africa. From Rhodesia to Kenya and such we see many different stories and perspectives. We meet colonial Boers, English farmers, native legends, native peoples, miners, scholars, women, children, men, hunters, animals- just about everything! Her stories begin in the early part of the 1900s and as they progress into the 1950s and 1960s the political tone changes with the times without being a political narrative. The focus is on people and storytelling. Doris Lessing is known as one of the best writers in English fiction
The marriages between zones three, four, and five (as narrated by the chroniclers of zone three) by Doris Lessing( Book )

57 editions published between 1980 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 1,906 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Door het huwelijk van hun koningin en hun koning komt de bevolking van een beschaafd en een barbaars land met elkaar in contact en de verstarring en de stagnatie in de ontwikkeling van de volkeren wordt doorbroken
Mara and Dann : an adventure by Doris Lessing( Book )

31 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a world destroyed by environmental damage, a people trek north in search of the remnants of civilization. They include two children and it is through their eyes that the novel analyzes the real meaning of civilization
The making of the representative for Planet 8 by Doris Lessing( Book )

44 editions published between 1973 and 2012 in English and held by 1,537 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Planet 8, a prosperous world with intelligent, vital inhabitants, is transformed by an Ice Age. It is a change that causes a critical variation in lifestyle and a drastic reappraisal of the meaning and value of life for its people
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The sweetest dream
Alternative Names

controlled identitySomers, Jane, 1919-2013

Doris Lessing Britaniko a mannaniw ken nobelista

Doris Lessing britesch Schrëfstellerin

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Līssīnǧ, Dūrīs, 1919-2013

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Tayler, Doris May 1919-2013

Ντόρις Λέσινγκ

Дорис Лесинг

Дорыс Лесінг

Доріс Лессінг


Лессинг Д. 1919-

Лессинг, Дори, 1919-2013

Лессинг, Дорис

Лессинг, Дорис 1919-

Лессинг, Дорис, 1919-2013

Лессинг Дорис Мэй

Դորիս Լեսինգ

דוריס לסינג

‏לסינג, דוריס,‏ ‏1919־

לסינג, דוריס, 1919־2013

לעסינג, דוריס 1919-

دوريس ليسنج، 1919-2013

دوريس ليسينج، 1919-

دوريس ليسينغ

دوریس لسینگ نویسنده و شاعر بریتانیایی

ليسينج, دوريس.

ليسينج، دوريس، 1919-2013

ڈورس لیسنگ

डोरिस लेसिंग

डोरिस लेसिङ्ग

ডোরিস লেসিং

ਡੋਰਿਸ ਲੈਸਿੰਗ

டோரிஸ் லெஸ்சிங்

డోరిస్ లెస్సింగ్

ಡೋರಿಸ್ ಲೆಸ್ಸಿಂಗ್

ഡോറിസ് ലെസ്സിങ്

ดอริส เลสซิง

დორის ლესინგი

도리스 레싱

레싱, 도리스 1919-2013

레싱, 도리스 메이 1919-2013


レッシング, ドリス



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The fifth childThe grass is singingThe summer before the darkThe good terroristThe memoirs of a survivorLove, again : a novelThe sweetest dreamBriefing for a descent into Hell