Lessing, Doris

About Doris Lessing

Biography (Encyclopædia Britannica)

Mahajan, Karan. "Doris Lessing's 'Golden Notebook' and Our Era of Unrest." New York Times, 15 Aug. 2020

"Doris Lessing: Her five best books." The Guardian, 18 Nov. 2013

Obituary (The Guardian)



Bernstein, Sarah. “After the Good Life: Squatting and the Politics of the Commons in The Good Terrorist.” Studia Neophilologica, vol. 92, no. 2, Oct. 2020

Miroshnychenko, Lilia. “The Cartography of Love in Doris Lessing’s Love, Again.” Respectus Philologicus, vol. 38, no. 43, Jul. 2020

Myler, Kerry. “Doris Lessing, Antipsychiatry, and Bodies That Matter.” Twentieth Century Literature, vol. 65, no. 4, Dec. 2019

Lin, Lidan. “The Dissolution of Walls: Trauma, Healing, and the Sufi Way in Lessing’s The Memoirs of a Survivor.” Comparatist, vol. 43, Oct. 2019

Navarro, Carmen García. “‘Oh, There Are so Many Things I Want to Write’ - Becoming an Author: Doris Lessing and the Whitehorn Letters from 1944 to 1949.” International Journal of English Studies, vol. 19, no. 2, Jul. 2019 (PDF)

Bağlama, Sercan Hamza. “Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook: A Critique of Socialism or the Stalinisation of Socialism?” Journal of Faculty of Letters, vol. 36, no. 1, Jun. 2019

Neelkamal, Kumari. “Predicament of Women in the Novels of Doris Lessing.” Poetcrit, vol. 32, no. 1, Jan. 2019

Louw, Pat. “Wildness and Colonialism in ‘The Story of Two Dogs’ by Doris Lessing.” Tydskrif Vir Letterkunde, vol. 55, no. 3, Jul. 2018

Arnett, James. “What’s Left of Feelings? The Affective Labor of Politics in Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook.” Journal of Modern Literature, vol. 41, no. 2, 2018

Watkins, Susan. “Reimagining the Maternal in Jenny Diski’s and Doris Lessing’s Apocalyptic Imaginative Memoirs.” Doris Lessing Studies, vol. 36, Jan. 2018

Hilson, Mica. “‘Rubbish of All Kinds’: Domesticity, Squalor, and Squatting in Doris Lessing’s Fiction.” Doris Lessing Studies, vol. 36, Jan. 2018

Settle, Stephanie. “‘Power to Disturb’: Exploring Iterations of Queerness in Selected Works of Doris Lessing.” Doris Lessing Studies, vol. 35, Jan. 2017

Barnes, Sophia. “Novel-Worlds: Tracing the Ripples in Doris Lessing’s The Four-Gated City.” Journal of Language, Literature & Culture, vol. 63, no. 2/3, Aug. 2016

Brazil, Kevin, et al. Doris Lessing and the Forming of History, 2016

Ridout, Alice and Susan Watkins. Doris Lessing: Border Crossings. Continuum, 2009

Videl Grau, Maria, et al. The Polemics of Ageing as Reflected in Literatures in English: Essays on Ageing in Literature and Interviews with Vikram ChandraDoris LessingZadie Smith, 2004



Autobiography/Life Writing

Alfred and Emily (2008)

Walking in the Shade (1997)

Under My Skin (1994)

African Laughter (1992)

Going Home (1957)



The Cleft (2007)

The Story of General Dann and Mara's Daughter, Griot and the Snow Dog (2005)

The Sweetest Dream (2001)

Ben, in the World (2000)

Mara and Dann (1999)

Love, Again (1996)

The Fifth Child (1988)

The Good Terrorist (1985)

If the Old Could... (1984)

The Diary of a Good Neighbour (1983)

The Sentimental Agents in the Volyen Empire (1983)

The Making of the Representative for Planet 8 (1982)

The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four and Five (1980)

The Sirian Experiments (1980)

Shikasta (1979)

Memoirs of a Survivor (1974)

The Summer Before the Dark (1973)

Briefing for a Descent into Hell (1971)

The Four-Gated City (1969)

Landlocked (1965)

The Golden Notebook (1962)

A Ripple from the Storm (1958)

Retreat to Innocence (1956)

A Proper Marriage (1954)

Martha Quest (1952)

The Grass Is Singing (1950)


Poetry Collections

The Wolf People (2002)

Fourteen Poems (1959)



Short Story Collections

The Grandmothers (2003)

The Old Age of El Magnifico (2000)

The Pit (1996)

Spies I Have Known (1995)

Particularly Cats and Rufus the Survivor (1993)

The Real Thing (1992)

London Observed (1992)

Through the Tunnel (1990)

Stories (1978)

The Temptation of Jack Orkney (1978)

To Room Nineteen (1978)

The Sun Between Their Feet (1973)

This Was the Old Chief's Country (1973)

The Story of a Non-Marrying Man (1972)

Particularly Cats (1967)

The Black Madonna (1966)

Winter in July (1966)

African Stories (1964)

A Man and Two Women (1963)

The Habit of Loving (1957)

Five Short Novels (1953)

This Was the Old Chief's Country (1951)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

On Not Winning the Nobel Prize (2008)

Time Bites (2004)

Putting the Questions Differently (1996)

Conversations (1994)

A Small Personal Voice (1994)

The Wind Blows Away Our Words (1987)

Prisons We Choose to Live Inside (1987)

In Pursuit of the English (1960)