Death of a great writer

Death of a great writer


norman lebrecht

November 17, 2013

The world of books is preparing to mourn Doris Lessing, whose death has just been announced. Doris Lessing won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2007, the oldest writer to do so. This was her reaction.

Born in Iran, she grew up in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and spent her adult life in England, living in West Hampstead, where she is reported to have died peacefully in her sleep.

She wrote more than 50 books, as well as two operas with Philip Glass: The Making of the Representative for Planet 8 (1986) and The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four and Five (1997).

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  • Richard says:

    A great loss to the world and to the Arts. One of my most potent memories from my school days is reading several of Lessing’s works in English Lit.