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Lessing, Doris 1919-2013

Works: 1,965 works in 8,999 publications in 29 languages and 139,866 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Domestic fiction  Short stories  Science fiction  Biography  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Diary fiction  Autobiographies 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Bibliographic antecedent, Other, Creator, Interviewee, Contributor, Dedicatee, Honoree, Librettist, Illustrator, pre, Narrator, Translator
Classifications: PR6023.E833, 823.914
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Most widely held works by Doris Lessing
The golden notebook by Doris Lessing( Book )

407 editions published between 1960 and 2016 in 8 languages and held by 5,260 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 )

223 editions published between 1983 and 2016 in 12 languages and held by 3,853 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 )

379 editions published between 1950 and 2014 in 12 languages and held by 3,460 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 summer before the dark by Doris Lessing( Book )

203 editions published between 1973 and 2016 in 14 languages and held by 3,122 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 )

120 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 2,717 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 )

165 editions published between 1963 and 2017 in 13 languages and held by 2,714 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 )

211 editions published between 1952 and 2014 in 11 languages and held by 2,390 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 )

115 editions published between 1990 and 2017 in 13 languages and held by 2,361 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
Briefing for a descent into Hell by Doris Lessing( Book )

126 editions published between 1971 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 2,261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An unidentified man is admitted to a London hospital after he is found wandering on the Embankment. Later identified as a Cambridge lecturer, he remains oblivious to his past life. This novel develops the idea that mental illness can be a liberating experience for both the individual and society
The four-gated city by Doris Lessing( Book )

147 editions published between 1969 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 2,257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After moving to London, Martha Quest finds herself being drawn toward a Bohem way of life
The sweetest dream by Doris Lessing( Book )

68 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 2,169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of an extended family that spans the 20th century but has its fulcrum in the 60s
Stories by Doris Lessing( Book )

29 editions published between 1978 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of stories by the Nobel Laureate winning author spanning more than two decades of her career
The grandmothers : four short novels by Doris Lessing( Book )

90 editions published between 2003 and 2016 in 7 languages and held by 2,123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Four short, intensely observed novels in which Doris Lessing again proves that she is a master in capturing the truth of the human condition. The title story is a portrait of an unconventional extended family and the lengths to which they will go to find happiness and love
The Oxford book of short stories by V. S Pritchett( Book )

1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 2,045 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sir Walter Scott / The Two Drovers, Nathaniel Hawthorne/ The Birthmark, Edgar Allen Poe / The Fall Of The House Of Usher, ETC
The cleft by Doris Lessing( Book )

57 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 1,985 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
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 )

60 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,964 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
African stories by Doris Lessing( Book )

54 editions published between 1951 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,899 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 )

52 editions published between 1980 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,826 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A mix of fable, futuristic fantasy and pseudo-documentary accounts of 20th-century history
Ben, in the world : the sequel to The fifth child by Doris Lessing( Book )

39 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,735 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 )

29 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,518 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
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Audience level: 0.32 (from 0.04 for Between Ea ... to 0.48 for The grass ...)

The fifth child
Alternative Names

controlled identitySomers, Jane, 1919-2013

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Tayler, Doris May 1919-2013

Ντόρις Λέσινγκ

Дорис Лесинг

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Лессинг, Дорис Мэй

Мэй Тейлор Д. 1919-2013

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דוריס לסינג סופרת בריטית

‏לסינג, דוריס,‏ ‏1919־

לסינג, דוריס 1919-2013

לסינג, דוריס מי, 1919-2013

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دوريس ليسنج، 1919-2013

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دوريس ليسينغ

دوریس لسینق

دوریس لسینگ نویسنده و شاعر بریتانیایی

ليسينج, دوريس.

ليسينج، دوريس، 1919-2013

ڈورس لیسنگ

डोरिस लेसिंग

डोरिस लेसिङ्ग

ডোরিস লেসিং

ਡੋਰਿਸ ਲੈਸਿੰਗ

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ಡೋರಿಸ್ ಲೆಸ್ಸಿಂಗ್

ഡോറിസ് ലെസ്സിങ്

ดอริส เลสซิง

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레싱, 도리스 1919

레싱, 도리스 1919-2013

레싱, 도리스 메이 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 novelBriefing for a descent into Hell