Doris Lessing, (born Doris May Taylor in Kermanshah,Persia on October 22nd 1919) is a British writer, the author of works such as the novel "The Grass is Singing" and"The Golden Notebook". She was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 2007.
Her father, who had lost a leg during his service in World War I met his future wife, a nurse, at theRoyal Free Hospital where he was recovering from his amputation.Alfred Taylor moved his family to Persia (now Iran), in order to take up a job as a clerk for the Imperial Bank of Persia; and it wasther that Doris Lessing was born in 1919. The family then moved to the British colony of Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 1925, to farm maize, at the time when her father purchased around one thousandacres of bush. The
farm was not successful and failed to deliver the wealth the Taylors had expected.
Doris was educated in a Roman Catholic convent all-girls school in Salisbury. She
left schoolat 14, and thereafter, was self-educated; and worked as a nursemaid; and
it was about this time that she started reading material about politics and sociology
that her employer gave her to read. Shebegan writing around that time. In 1937,
she moved to Salisbury to work as a telephone operator, and she soon married her
fi rst husband, Frank Wisdom, with whom she had two children, before themarriage
ended in 1943.
After her divorce, Lessing was drawn to Communist Left Book Club, and it was there
that she met her second husband, Gottfried Lessing. They were married shortly after
shejoined the group, and had a child, before the marriage also ended up in a divorce
in 1949. Gottfried Lessing was sent to Uganda, where he became the East German
ambassador, and was murdered in the 1979rebellion against Idi Amin Dada.
Because of her commitment (engagement) in the campaign against nuclear arms
and South African apartheid, Doris Lessing was banned from that country and from...