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Lessing, Doris 1919-2013

Works: 1,697 works in 7,169 publications in 12 languages and 134,153 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  History  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Domestic fiction  Diary fiction  Interviews  Reviews  Short stories 
Roles: Author of introduction, Creator, Interviewee, Other, Bibliographic antecedent, Translator
Classifications: PR6023.E833, 823.914
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The golden notebook by Doris Lessing ( Book )
207 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 4,695 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 )
88 editions published between 1983 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 3,537 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 summer before the dark by Doris Lessing ( Book )
103 editions published between 1973 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,028 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 grass is singing by Doris Lessing ( Book )
231 editions published between 1950 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 3,007 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. 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. Locked in anguish, Mary and Moses--master and slave--are trapped in a web of mounting attraction and repulsion. Their psychic tension explodes in an electrifying scene that ends this disturbing tale of racial strife in colonial South Africa.</ <The Grass Is Singing</ blends Lessing's imaginative vision with her own vividly remembered early childhood to recreate the quiet horror of a woman's struggle against a ruthless fate.</
The good terrorist by Doris Lessing ( Book )
69 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 2,715 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 )
78 editions published between 1963 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 2,559 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
Love, again : a novel by Doris Lessing ( Book )
44 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,375 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 )
35 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 2,285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The story of an extended family that spans the 20th century but has its fulcrum in the 60s
The four-gated city by Doris Lessing ( Book )
112 editions published between 1969 and 2014 in English and German and held by 2,281 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
Stories by Doris Lessing ( Book )
28 editions published between 1978 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of stories by the Nobel Laureate winning author spanning more than two decades of her career
Briefing for a descent into Hell by Doris Lessing ( Book )
91 editions published between 1971 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 2,264 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
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 )
48 editions published between 1979 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,125 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
Martha Quest : a complete novel from Doris Lessing's masterwork, Children of violence by Doris Lessing ( Book )
185 editions published between 1952 and 2014 in 12 languages and held by 2,060 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
The cleft by Doris Lessing ( Book )
32 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 1,998 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
The grandmothers : four short novels by Doris Lessing ( Book )
39 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 1,984 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."
The marriages between zones three, four, and five (as narrated by the chroniclers of zone three) by Doris Lessing ( Book )
42 editions published between 1980 and 1994 in English and Greek, Modern and held by 1,923 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 )
27 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,891 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 )
38 editions published between 1951 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,888 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Black Madonna -- Trinket Box -- Pig -- Traitors --Old Chief Mshlanga -- Sunrise on the Veld -- No witchcraft for sale -- Second hut -- Nuisance -- De wets come to Kloof Grange -- Little Tembi -- Leopard George -- Winter in July -- Home for the Highland Cattle -- Eldorado --Antheap -- Hunger -- Wrds he said -- Lucy Grange -- Mild Attack of Locusts -- Flavours of exile -- Getting off the Altitude -- Road to the Big City -- Flight -- Plants and girls -- Sun between their feet -- Letter from home --New man -- Story of two dogs
Mara and Dann : an adventure by Doris Lessing ( Book )
24 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and held by 1,713 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 )
38 editions published between 1973 and 1994 in English and held by 1,556 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Planet 8, a prosperous world with intelligent, vital inhabitants, is transformed by an Ice Age, a change that causes a critical variation in lifestyle and a drastic reappraisal of the meaning and value of life
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Audience level: 0.28 (from 0.20 for Alfred and ... to 0.56 for Doris Less ...)
Alternative Names

controlled identity Somers, Jane, 1919-2013

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Лессинг, Дори, 1919-2013
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レッシング, ドリス
English (1,679)
German (24)
Italian (9)
Danish (6)
Spanish (5)
French (3)
Greek, Modern (3)
Dutch (3)
Polish (2)
Swedish (1)
Catalan (1)
Norwegian (1)