Doris Lessing(1919-2013), Writer; Nobel Prize winner
Doris May Lessing
Sitter in 16 portraits
Writer, Doris Lessing was born in Iran, brought up in Zimbabwe and lived in Britain from 1949 until her death in 2013. Her first novel, The Grass is Singing (1950), was followed by numerous novels, short stories and plays, including her best known work The Golden Notebook (1962), which was adopted by the feminist movement. Her writings touched on diverse themes from race politics, colonialism and communism to gender and science fiction. She was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature and her final book Alfred and Emily was published in 2008.
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