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Lessing, Doris 1919-2013

Works: 1,374 works in 7,563 publications in 34 languages and 134,642 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Biography  Domestic fiction  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Diary fiction  Love stories  Reviews  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Creator, Bibliographic antecedent, Interviewee, Other, Librettist, Translator
Classifications: PR6023.E833, 823.914
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The golden notebook by Doris Lessing( Book )

407 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in 18 languages and held by 5,321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The experiences of two women provide the framework for an intense literary study of liberated womanhood, in a new edition--which includes an author biography and publication history--of a novel originally published in 1962
The fifth child by Doris Lessing( Book )

216 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in 18 languages and held by 3,970 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A self-satisfied couple intent on raising a happy family is shocked by the birth of an abnormal and brutal fifth child
The grass is singing by Doris Lessing( Book )

382 editions published between 1950 and 2014 in 22 languages and held by 3,450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in South Africa under white rule, [this book is] both a ... chronicle of human disintegration and an ... understated social critique. Mary Turner is a self-confident, independent young woman who becomes the depressed, frustrated wife of an ineffectual, unsuccessful farmer. Little by little the ennui of years on the farm work their slow poison, and Mary's despair progresses until the fateful arrival of an enigmatic and virile black servant, Moses ... Mary and Moses - master and slave - are trapped in a web of mounting attraction and repulsion.-Back cover
The summer before the dark by Doris Lessing( Book )

193 editions published between 1973 and 2014 in 17 languages and held by 3,191 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 )

142 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in 15 languages and held by 2,926 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 )

163 editions published between 1963 and 2014 in 19 languages and held by 2,794 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the ruined, barbaric world of the near future, a lone woman cares for a deserted child and surveys her city's disintegration, the hordes of safety-seeking people, and her own painful adolescence, childhood, and infancy
A proper marriage : a complete novel ... by Doris Lessing( Book )

229 editions published between 1952 and 2014 in 15 languages and held by 2,593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Intelligent, sensitive, and fiercely passionate, Martha Quest is a young woman living on a farm in Africa, feeling her way through the torments of adolescence and early womanhood. She is a romantic idealistic in revolt against the puritan snobbery of her parents, trying to live to the full with every nerve, emotion, and instinct laid bare to experience. For her, this is a time of solitary reading daydreams, dancing -- and the first disturbing encounters with sex. The first of Doris Lessing's timeless Children of Violence novels, Martha Quest is an endearing masterpiece.</
Love, again : a novel by Doris Lessing( Book )

113 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in 18 languages and held by 2,526 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An old woman falls in love with a man who could be her grandson. She is Sarah Durham, 65, a widow working in the theater in England and she develops a passion for a young actor. A look at love in the golden age by the author of The Golden Notebook
The sweetest dream by Doris Lessing( Book )

82 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in 12 languages and held by 2,503 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 )

143 editions published between 1971 and 2014 in 14 languages and held by 2,392 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 )

148 editions published between 1969 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 2,357 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
The cleft by Doris Lessing( Book )

64 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in 13 languages and held by 2,271 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
Stories by Doris Lessing( Book )

31 editions published between 1978 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 2,214 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
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 )

99 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in 12 languages and held by 2,193 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
The grandmothers : four short novels by Doris Lessing( Book )

45 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 1,971 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents four short novels by award-winning author Doris Lessing, featuring the title work about two women who fall in love with each other's teenage sons, and including "Victoria and the Staveneys," "The Reason for It," and "A Love Child."
African stories by Doris Lessing( Book )

64 editions published between 1951 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,964 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 )

64 editions published between 1980 and 2012 in 10 languages and held by 1,963 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
Ben, in the world : the sequel to The fifth child by Doris Lessing( Book )

28 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 1,850 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
Mara and Dann : an adventure by Doris Lessing( Book )

58 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in 11 languages and held by 1,803 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
A ripple from the storm : a complete novel from Doris Lessing's masterwork Children of violence by Doris Lessing( Book )

168 editions published between 1958 and 2014 in 12 languages and held by 1,588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charts Martha Quest's personal and political adventures in race-torn British Africa, following Martha through World War II, a grotesque second marriage, and an excursion into Communism
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The sweetest dream
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controlled identitySomers, Jane, 1919-2013

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The fifth childThe grass is singingThe summer before the darkThe good terroristThe memoirs of a survivorA proper marriage : a complete novel ...Love, again : a novelThe sweetest dream