Doris Lessing (22 October, 1919 – 17 November, 2013) was a poet, playwright, biography and writer from England.
- Lessing was born in Iran as Doris May Tayler. Her father worked as a clerk at the Imperial Bank of Persia. The family moved back to Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), a British colony, in 1925.
- Captain Alfred Tayler, the author’s father, lost his leg during World War I. While recovering at the Royal Free Hospital he met Emily Maude Tayler, a nurse and later his wife and mother of the author.
- The author left school at age 14 and was self-educated ever since.
- At age 15 the author started selling stories to magazines in South Africa.
- Gottfried Lessing was the author’s second husband (1947 – 1949). Mrs. Lessing did not marry after her second divorce.
- Lessing was interested in communist causes and for a while was part of the British Communist Party. In 2015 it turned out that MI5 and MI6 had a five volume secret file on her and her associations with Communists and anti-racism activities.
- In 2007 Mrs. Lessing won the Nobel Prize for Literature. She was the eleventh (and oldest) woman to win the prize.
- In 2001, Lessing was awarded the David Cohen Prize for a lifetime’s achievement in British literature.
- She was ranked 5th on The Times’ 50 greatest British writers since 1945.
- Lessing published more than 50 novels before her death.
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