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Doris Lessing: A Biography

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Based on exclusive interviews with the fascinating Doris Lessing's lovers, colleagues, and friends, this first biography of one of the twentieth century's most influential writers uncovers the woman that Lessing herself withheld in her autobiographical novels and memoirs. For beyond the courageous, resourceful figure who fearlessly challenges the status quo in works like t ...more
Hardcover, 283 pages
Published December 31st 2000 by Carroll & Graf Publishers (first published March 16th 2000)
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Sharon
I agree with the reader who says there is a slant to this book. Carole Klein seems to dislike Lessing, but its hard to pinpoint. I felt an undercurrent of antipathy, especially during the first half. Perhaps Klein was just irked because Lessing declined to be interviewed for the biography. That should not have come as a surprise, Lessing was known to be difficult on that score, but a biographer has a special relationship with the subject; it is natural to want access.

Despite that tug, I found th
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Gizzard
I did not know much about Doris Lessing, just that she had lived in Africa, wrote the Golden Notebook and Children of Violence series. Lessing lived a fascinating life, but if there isn't a slant to this biography, she just was not a likeable person. The only reasons this did not get a five - 1) It appears that the author extrapolated Lessing's feelings based on her books, and the author also does a lot of literary criticism/ psychoanalysis. Some of it seemed like a little too much conjecture fo ...more
Doti
Not an entertaining read, but quite interesting. Lessing is a complex character and does not engender great warmth. Yet, trying to understand who she is (a quest she seems to continue) and why she is as she is, I found I could accept, or even like, some traits.
I do want to read more of Lessing's books now; so the bio was a good idea.
Carol Weaver
The last quarter was interesting because of the information about other people I am interested in - I was glad I read it but very glad when I finished it.
Jillian
A fascinating biography that must have been terribly difficult to write. Lessing was such a complex character.

I loved the last line: "You didn't go to Lessing for tolerance, but for inspiration."
Michele A.
enjoyed this book....would recommend it.
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