from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Lessing, Doris Born 1919. British writer known for her five-volume series Children of Violence (1952-1969) and for The Golden Notebook (1962).
- Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim 1729-1781. German playwright and critic. A leader of the Enlightenment, he wrote the plays Minna von Barnheim (1763) and Nathan the Wise (1779).
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- n. German playwright and leader of the Enlightenment (1729-1781)
- n. English author of novels and short stories who grew up in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) (born in 1919)
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I think Lessing is the better stylist, so that might swing it for you.
His uncritical admiration for many contemporary poets vanished as he became interested in Lessing and Wieland.
Doris Lessing is part of both the history of literature and living literature.
Doris Lessing is a writer who made her mark writing mainstream literature but who has also dabbled in science fiction.
I knew this was not one of the sf titles that Lessing is known for - that would be the Canopus in Argos books - but that description sounded like it had a good sf foundation to me.
Born in Persia, raised in Rhodesia, Doris Lessing is self-taught.
As I browsed I came across a piece on Anna Kavan; Doris Lessing is great advocate for her writing.
Doris Lessing is the aunt of Gregory Gysi and east German Lawyer who, until recently, led the PDS, the successor party to east germanise ruling Socialist Unity party ....
Doris Lessing is not that well-known or read in this country (let alone taught in literature classes or writing workshops), but she is a writer of world-class credentials, someone we all need to know.
Lessing is the eleventh woman to win the prize in its 106-year history, and also the oldest person ever to win the literature award.