Doris May Lessing
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As she nears the end of her own life, Nobel Laureate Doris Lessing is attempting to make some sense of her beginnings: Her new novel, Alfred And Emily, imagines a better life for her parents — one in which they marry different people.
Published on the verge of the author's 89th birthday, Doris Lessing's Alfred And Emily is an idiosyncratic combination of personal history, public history and fiction — all about her father and mother.
Half-real and half-hypothetical, Doris Lessing's book about her parents examines their relationship and imagines them apart. Book critic Maureen Corrigan says the work is written with "pitiless precision."
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Best known for her 1962 novel The Golden Notebook, Lessing's life work spans more than a half century. The British author is the 11th woman and the oldest writer to win the Nobel literature award.
For nearly 60 years, Doris Lessing has been writing some of the most daring and important fiction in English. In her new novel, she takes a long look back over her shoulder to try to fathom the origins of human life.