In this collection of the very best of Doris Lessing's essays, we are treated to the wisdom and keen insight of a writer who has learned, over the course of a brilliant career spanning more than half a century, to read the world differently. From imagining the secret sex life of Tolstoy to the secrets of Sufism, from reviews of classic books to commentaries on world politics, these essays cover an impressive range of subjects, cultures, periods, and themes, yet they are remarkably consistent in one key regard: Lessing's clear-eyed vision and clearly expressed prose.
About the Author
Doris Lessing was born of British parents in Persia, in 1919, and moved with her family to Southern Rhodesia when she was five years old. She went to England in 1949 and has lived there ever since. She is the author of more than thirty books--novels, stories, reportage, poems, and plays. In 2007, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
“Refreshing and invigorating... An invaluable collection..”
-Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Lessing has a first-rate critical mind. Her social and political observations are acute.”
“There’s much to enjoy in this collection of essays.”
-New York Times Book Review
“A clarion call . . . Declaimed in Lessing’s brisk, wry voice and articulated with pragmatic intelligence.”
“Full of that sympathy for the human condition that informs her fiction... Each of these pieces is worth reading.”
-The Times (London)
“In these pieces, we hear the tough, uncompromising... courageous voice that has made Lessing an icon for freedom of thought.”
-Elaine Showalter, Times Literary Supplement (London)
“Remarkably cohesive . . . one comes away with a real sense of who Lessing is. . . . [A] humane and truly internationalist book.”
-Peter Parker, Sunday Times (London)
“Eloquent, worthy essays.”