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All Things Writerly: Doris Lessing Dead at 94

Doris Lessing

It is a sad day in the literary world.

Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, Doris Lessing, has passed away.  Her publisher, Harper Collins, confirmed that she was 94 and died in her home in London.  Her career spans from 1950 all the way to her death, giving the world dozens of books, short stories, poems, and other writerly nuggets of wisdom and beauty.

When word of her 2002 Pulitzer reached the author, she famously (or infamously) was quoted as saying, “Oh, Christ!  I couldn’t care less.”  She was not only an important figure for women writers to look up to, but an influential writer in many forms, especially the novel.

She will be missed.


For those who may be interested, here is a list of her completed works to date:

Novels: The Grass is Singing (1950), Martha Quest (1952), A Proper Marriage (1954), Retreat to Innocence (1956), A Ripple from the Storm (1958), The Golden Notebook (1962), Landlocked (1965), The Four-Gated City (1969), Briefing for a Descent into Hell (1971), The Summer Before the Dark (1973), Memoirs of a Survivor (1974), Shikasta (1979), The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four, and Five (1980), The Sirian Experiments (1980), The Making of the Representatives for Planet 8 (1982), The Sentimental Agents in the Volven Empire (1983), The Diary of a Good Neighbour (1983), If the Old Could… (1984), The Good Terrorist (1985), The Fifth Child (1988), Love, Again (1996), Mara and Dann (1999), Ben, in the World (2000), The Sweetest Dream (2001), The Story of General Dann and Mara’s Daughter, Griot and the Snow Dog (2005), The Cleft (2007), Alfred and Emily (2008),

Graphic Novel: Playing the Game (1995),

Drama: Each His Own Wilderness (1959), Play with a Tiger (1962),

And literally hundreds of poems, essays, memoirs, and short stories.

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