Doris Lessing(1919-2013), Writer
Doris May Lessing
Sitter in 16 portraits
Novelist. Doris Lessing was born in Iran, brought up in Zimbabwe and lived in Britain from 1949 until her death in 2013. Lessing's first novel, The Grass is Singing (1950), was followed by numerous novels and short stories including The Golden Notebook (1962). She was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature and her final book, Alfred and Emily was published in 2008.
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below