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World famous writer Doris Lessing

Updated on January 12, 2013

A wonderful writer!

Since Doris Lessing could not attend the ceremony she recieved the prize 30 January at Wallace Collection in London when the ambassador Staffan Carlsson handed it to the Nobel prize award winner 2007.

The now 90 year old Doris Lessing could not come to the Nobel Prize ceremony in December because of back pains.

Doris Lessings latest book Alfred and Emily

This curious work-half fiction, half memoir, hampered by slapdash prose and an unfocused organization-may be the result of that unsettling time, when she said she didn't have the energy to write a full novel.

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Doris Lessing got the Nobel Prize

A ceremony 30th of January 2008

Dressed in a plum coloured dress at the art gallery Wallace Collection Doris Lessing got the Nobel Prize and a Diploma.

She was also very pleased with a special present from the editor Harper Collins, who descided to give 10 000 books to Zimbabwe in Doris Lessings name.

Swedish news paper DN`s reporter Cecilia Jacobsson met Doris Lessing 10 years ago. She then talked about growing old and how hard that is. After that she has published 10 books!

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Doris Lessing with the Nobelprize

In May her new book , "Alfred and Emily", will be published in English. It is about her parents but with a big differens in their lives - this time she pretends that the first world war never happens. Their whole lives were miserable because of that war. In this book Doris Lessing gives both parents new lives. "My Father becomes a farmer in England, which he could have been and my Mother inherit money and after that she is free to do what she wants." - It gave me great joy to write that book, says Doris Lessing to the reporter.

Doris Lessings Disaster - the Nobel Prize - I guess her high age has a little to do with it too.....

Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing has said winning the prestigious award in 2007 had been a "bloody disaster".

Speaking about her writing, she said: "It has stopped, I don't have any energy any more.

"This is why I keep telling anyone younger than me, don't imagine you'll have it forever.

"Use it while you've got it because it'll go, it's sliding away like water down a plughole."

Why Doris Lessing was chosen for the prize

The Swedish Academys Secretary tells us

I really wonder what Doris Lessings comment is about these news from April 26 2008

China did not like a speach about freedom of expression

China censored Nobel speech

When the chairman of the Nobel Foundation, Marcus Storch, held his opening speech at the Nobel Prize ceremony in December last year, his remarks on freedom of expression were censored on Chinese television.

When the Nobel Foundation learned about this the foundation cancelled the contract with the Swedish television channel TV4, which had the sole right to broadcast the Nobel prize ceremony and to distribute it to tv-companies all over the world.

- Censorship is against our values. We can not accept that, says Michael Sohlman, executive director of the Nobel Foundation.

Michael Sohlman tells Dagens Nyheter that the broadcast from the Nobel ceremony and the following banquet was based on a "strict" agreement between Nobel Media and TV4. It involved terms which made it impossible to censor the broadcast, according to Michael Sohlman.

But through contracts made with other companies, that disagree with this first contract, TV4 made it possible for the broadcasts to be censored in certain countries, the Nobel Foundation argues.

In a press release Friday April 25 TV4 denies having breached the contract. In the press release TV4 states that it was the Chinese broadcasting companies, China Central Television (CCTV) and Shanghai Media Group (SMG) that violated the agreement, not TV4.

- The deals with these companies stated that it was not allowed to exclude any of the material, and that we were to be informed if anything in it was changed, says Jan Scherman, executive director of TV4.

According to TV4 the company has proposed to the Nobel Foundation that pressure should be put on the Chinese broadcasting companies to show the unedited version of the Nobel Prize ceremony again.

But instead the Nobel Foundation cancelled the three year contract with TV4, and is now seeking a new partner for this year's ceremony in December.


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Doris Lessing received her 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature at a ceremony in the main gallery of The Wallace Collection in London on 30 January 2008. Swedish ambassador Staffan Carlsson presented Lessing with her Nobel Prize medal and diploma. Victoria Barnsley, head of Lessing's British publisher HarperCollins UK, introduced the ceremony.

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About Doris Lessing in New york times

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In her long and complex career, Doris Lessing, the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in literature, has traversed the savannas of Africa, the crooked streets of London and the chilly reaches of outer space. Irving Howe once described her as "the archaeologist of human relations," and she wrote persuasively about politics, feminism, Communism and black-white relations in Africa before moving on to explore the emotional crevices of the human psyche in her groundbreaking 1962 novel, "The Golden Notebook."

In announcing the award in Stockholm in October 2007, the Swedish Academy called her an "epicist of the female experience, who with skepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilization to scrutiny." The award came with a 10 million Swedish crown honorarium, about $1.6 million.

Doris Lessings books you never forget after reading them!

She takes you away into a new world with her books, her caracters and way of writing

Doris Lessing was born on 22 October 1919 to British parents in Kermanshah in what was then known as Persia (now Iran) as Doris May Taylor. Her father, Alfred Cook Taylor, formerly a captain in the British army during the First World War, was a bank official. Her mother, Emily Maude Taylor, had been a nurse. In 1925 the family moved to a farm in what was then Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) hoping to improve their income. Lessing described her childhood on the farm in the first part of her autobiography, Under My Skin (1994). At the age of seven, she was sent to a convent boarding school but later moved to a girls' school in Salisbury. When 14 she independently ended her formal schooling. In the following years she worked as a young nanny, telephonist, office worker, stenographer and journalist and had several short stories published. In 1939 she married Frank Charles Wisdom with whom she had a son, John, and a daughter, Jean. The couple divorced in 1943. In 1945 Doris married Gottfried Lessing, a German-Jewish immigrant she had met in a Marxist group mainly concerned with the race issue. She became involved with the Southern Rhodesian Labour Party. She and Gottfried had a son, Peter. When the couple divorced in 1949, she took Peter and moved to London, quickly establishing herself as a writer. Between 1952 and 1956 she was a member of the British Communist Party and was active in the campaign against nuclear weapons. Because of her criticism of the South African regime, she was prohibited entry to that country between 1956 and 1995. After a brief visit to Southern Rhodesia in 1956, she was banned there as well for the same reason. In African Laughter: Four Visits to Zimbabwe (1992) she described going back in 1982 to the country where she had grown up. She now lives in London.

The Cleft - a book to take seriously - A world of only women until a man is born.........

The story of the Clefts is bookended by the journal of a Roman historian, who interprets ancient documents stating that females were originally impregnated by a fertilizing wind or a wave, to give birth to female children. But one day a deformed baby is born, with a lumpy swelling never seen before. The first rape and the first murder follow soon enough, as do the first instances of consensual intercourse and the babies—the first of a new race, with a nature derived from both sexes—that are the result.

The Cleft: A Novel
The Cleft: A Novel

Doris Lessing is a legend. The author of nearly 50 books, she has earned her reputation as a notable prose stylist and a writer whose work defies categorization. Several of her novels are numbered among the modern classics; she has reputedly been considered for the Nobel Prize in literature.

These facts only make The Cleft more mystifying. Because it is not merely a flawed novel or a failed novel. It is an actively bad novel.


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Works in English

The Grass is Singing. – London : M. Joseph, 1950 ; New York : Crowell, 1950

This was the Old Chief's Country. – London : M. Joseph, 1951 ; New York : Crowell, 1952

Martha Quest. – London : M. Joseph, 1952. – (Children of Violence; 1)

Five : Short Novels. – London : M. Joseph, 1953

A Proper Marriage. – London : M. Joseph, 1954. – (Children of Violence; 2)

A Retreat to Innocence. – London : M. Joseph, 1956 ; New York : Prometheus, 1959

The Habit of Loving. – London : MacGibbon & Kee, 1957 ; New York : Crowell, 1958

Going Home. – London : M. Joseph, 1957 ; New York : Ballantine, 1968

A Ripple from the Storm. – London : M. Joseph, 1958 ; New York : Simon & Schuster, 1966. – (Children of Violence; 3)

Fourteen Poems. – Northwood : Scorpion Press, 1959

In Pursuit of the English : a Documentary. – London : MacGibbon & Kee, 1960 ; New York : Simon & Schuster, 1961

Play with a Tiger : a Play in Three Acts. – London : M. Joseph, 1962

The Golden Notebook. – London : M. Joseph, 1962 ; New York : Simon & Schuster, 1962

A Man and Two Women. – London : MacGibbon & Kee, 1963 ; New York : Simon & Schuster, 1963

Martha Quest and A Proper Marriage. – New York : Simon & Schuster, 1964

African Stories. – London : M. Joseph, 1964 ; New York : Simon & Schuster, 1965

Landlocked. – London : MacGibbon & Kee, 1965 ; New York : Simon & Schuster, 1966. – (Children of Violence; 4)

A Ripple from the Storm and Landlocked. – New York : Simon & Schuster, 1966

The Black Madonna. – London : Panther, 1966

Winter in July. – London : Panther, 1966

Particularly Cats. – London : M. Joseph, 1967 ; New York : Simon & Schuster, 1967

The Four-Gated City. – London : MacGibbon & Kee, 1969 ; New York : Knopf, 1969. –

(Children of Violence; 5)

Briefing for a Descent into Hell. – London : Cape, 1971 ; New York : Knopf, 1971

The Story of a Non-Marrying Man and Other Stories. – London : Cape, 1972. – Republ. as The Temptation of Jack Orkney and Other Stories. – New York : Knopf, 1972

Collected African stories. Vol. 1, This was the Old Chief's Country. – London : M. Joseph, 1973

Collected African stories. Vol. 2, The Sun Between Their Feet. – London : M. Joseph, 1973

The Summer Before the Dark. – London : Cape, 1973 ; New York : Knopf, 1973

The Memoirs of a Survivor. – London : Octagon, 1974 ; New York : Knopf, 1975

Stories. – New York : Knopf, 1978

To Room Nineteen : Collected Stories Volume One. – London : Cape, 1978

The Temptation of Jack Orkney : Collected Stories Volume Two. – London : Cape, 1978

Shikasta : Re: Colonised Planet 5. – London : Cape, 1979 ; New York : Knopf, 1979. – (Canopus in Argos: Archives; 1)

The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four and Five. – London : Cape, 1980 ; New York : Knopf, 1980. – (Canopus in Argos: Archives; 2)

The Sirian Experiments. – London : Cape, 1981 ; New York : Knopf, 1981. – (Canopus in Argos: Archives; 3)

The Making of the Representative for Planet 8. – London : Cape, 1982 ; New York : Knopf, 1982. – (Canopus in Argos: Archives; 4)

Documents Relating to the Sentimental Agents in the Volyen Empire. – London : Cape, 1983 ; New York : Knopf, 1983. – (Canopus in Argos: Archives; 5)

The Diary of a Good Neighbour. – London : M. Joseph, 1983 ; New York : Knopf, 1983

If the Old Could ... – London: M. Joseph, 1984 ; New York : Knopf, 1984

The Diaries of Jane Somers. – London : M. Joseph, 1984 ; New York : Knopf, 1984

The Good Terrorist. – London : Cape, 1985 ; New York : Knopf, 1985

Prisons We Choose to Live Inside. – London : Cape, 1987 ; New York : Harper & Row, 1987

The Wind Blows Away Our Words. – London : Picador, 1987 ; New York : Vintage, 1987

The Fifth Child. – London : Cape, 1988 ; New York : Knopf, 1988

The Real Thing : Stories and Sketches. – Republ. as London Observed : Stories and Sketches. – London : HarperCollins, 1992

African Laughter : Four Visits to Zimbabwe. – London & New York : HarperCollins, 1992

Shadows on the Wall of the Cave : a talk by Doris Lessing delivered 19 January 1994. – London : The British Library, 1994

Conversations / edited by Earl G. Ingersol. – Princeton, N.J. : Ontario Review Press, 1994

A Small Personal Voice : Essays, Reviews, Interviews / Edited by Paul Schlueter. – London : Flamingo (HarperCollins), 1994

Under My Skin : Volume One of My Autobiography, to 1949. – London & New York : HarperCollins, 1994

Spies I Have Known and Other Stories. – Glasgow : Collins Educational, 1995

Playing the Game. – London : HarperCollins, 1995

Love, Again. – London : Flamingo, 1996 ; New York : HarperCollins, 1996

Play with a Tiger, and Other Plays. – London : Flamingo, 1996

Walking in the Shade : Volume Two of My Autobiography, 1949-1962. – London & New York : HarperCollins, 1997

Mara and Dann : an Adventure. – London & New York : HarperCollins, 1999

Ben, in the World. – London & New York : HarperCollins, 2000

The Sweetest Dream. – London : Flamingo (HarperCollins), 2001 ; New York : HarperCollins, 2002

On Cats. – London : Flamingo (HarperCollins), 2002

The Grandmothers : Four Short Novels. – London : Flamingo (HarperCollins), 2003 ; New York : HarperCollins, 2004

Time Bites : Views and Reviews. – London : Fourth Estate, 2004 ; New York : HarperCollins, 2004

The Story of General Dann and Mara's Daughter, Griot and the Snow Dog. – London : Fourth Estate (HarperCollins), 2005 ; New York : HarperCollins, 2006

The Cleft. – London : Fourth Estate (HarperCollins), 2007 ; New York : HarperCollins, 2007

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    • LouisaDembul profile image


      7 years ago

      I haven't read a Doris Lessing book for years, my loss! She's an amazing author.

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      7 years ago

      I haven't read a Doris Lessing book for years, my loss! She's an amazing author.

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      8 years ago

      So much information about Doris Lessing. I learned alot. I've admired her more than I've read her. Perhaps I've got some catching up to do.

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      10 years ago

      I love the science fiction she wrote. [I put your bible quote on my spiritual quotes lens as it really isn't about who God IS, but about how he should be worshipped]


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