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Lessing, Doris 1919-2013

Works: 1,468 works in 7,378 publications in 32 languages and 134,973 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Psychological fiction  Domestic fiction  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Diary fiction  Interviews  Reviews  Short stories 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Creator, Interviewee, Other, Bibliographic antecedent, Translator, Librettist
Classifications: PR6023.E833, 823.914
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The golden notebook by Doris Lessing( Book )

305 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in 15 languages and held by 4,980 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The experiences of two women provide the framework for this intense literary study of liberated womanhood
The fifth child by Doris Lessing( Book )

116 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in 14 languages and held by 3,714 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 )

320 editions published between 1950 and 2014 in 21 languages and held by 3,383 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 )

156 editions published between 1973 and 2014 in 14 languages and held by 3,132 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 )

110 editions published between 1985 and 2014 in 10 languages and held by 2,905 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 )

123 editions published between 1963 and 2014 in 14 languages and held by 2,695 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 )

83 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in 14 languages and held by 2,538 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 )

74 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in 9 languages and held by 2,518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

74 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in 11 languages and held by 2,336 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."--BOOK JACKET
The four-gated city by Doris Lessing( Book )

128 editions published between 1969 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 2,329 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
Briefing for a descent into Hell by Doris Lessing( Book )

105 editions published between 1971 and 2014 in 9 languages and held by 2,298 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
Stories by Doris Lessing( Book )

32 editions published between 1978 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 2,291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of stories by the Nobel Laureate winning author spanning more than two decades of her career
A proper marriage : a complete novel ... by Doris Lessing( Book )

189 editions published between 1952 and 2014 in 10 languages and held by 2,271 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 )

55 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in 9 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
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 )

87 editions published between 1979 and 2014 in 11 languages and held by 2,201 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 )

63 editions published between 1951 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 1,966 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Long considered Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing's best collection of short stories, African Stories'a central book in the work of a truly beloved writer'is now back in print. This beautiful collection is an homage to her twenty-five years spent in Africa and a brilliant portrait of African life. This is Doris Lessing's Africa'where she lived for twenty-five years and where so much of her interest and concern still resides. Here in these stories, Lessing explores the complexities, the agonies and joys, and the textures of life in Africa. First published in 1965, and out of print since the 1990s, this collection contains much of Ms. Lessing's most extraordinary work. It is a brilliant portrait of a world that is vital to all of us'perceived by an artist of the first rank writing with passion and honesty about her native land. African Stories includes every story Doris Lessing has written about Africa: all of her first collection, This Was the Old Chief's Country; the four tales about Africa from Five; the African stories from The Habit of Loving and A Man and Two Women; and four stories featured only in this edition. African Stories represents some of Doris Lessing's best work'and is an essential book by one of the twentieth century's most important authors
The marriages between zones three, four, and five (as narrated by the chroniclers of zone three) by Doris Lessing( Book )

46 editions published between 1980 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,914 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 )

26 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,874 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 )

48 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 1,862 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 )

45 editions published between 1973 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 1,608 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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Alternative Names

controlled identitySomers, Jane, 1919-2013

Laixin, Duolisi.

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Lesinga, Dorisa, 1919-

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Lessing, Doris M. 1919-

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Lessing , Doris May

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Lessing, Doris May 1919-2013

Lessingk, Ntoris 1919-

Lessingk, Ntoris 1919-2013

Lessingova, Doris

Lessingová, Doris, 1919-2013

Līssīnǧ, Dūrīs, 1919-2013

Somers , Jane

Somers Jane 1919-2013

Tayler, Doris May 1919-2013

Лессинг, Дори, 1919-2013

Лессинг, Дорис 1919-

Лессинг, Дорис, 1919-2013

‏לסינג, דוריס,‏ ‏1919־

לסינג, דוריס, 1919־2013

לעסינג, דוריס 1919-

دوريس ليسنج، 1919-

دوريس ليسينج، 1919-

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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 dreamThe grandmothers : four short novels