Novelist, poet, and biographer (just to begin the list) Doris Lessing (M) has passed away at the age of 94.
When we think of writers who will still be read in one hundred years, we surely think of Doris Lessing.
Lessing was born in another place and time – in Iran in 1919 to British born parents Captain Alfred Tayler and Emily McVeagh, who were the subjects of her recent and final novel Alfred and Emily (M). She spent her childhood on a farm in what was then Southern Rhodesia and this becomes the setting for her first novel, The Grass is Singing (M),
“Set in Southern Rhodesia under white rule, Doris Lessing’s first novel is at once a riveting chronicle of human disintegration, a beautifully understated social critique, and a brilliant depiction of the quiet horror of one woman’s struggle against a ruthless fate.
Mary Turner is a self-confident, independent young woman who becomes the depressed, frustrated wife of an ineffectual, unsuccessful farmer. Little by little the ennui of years on the farm works its slow poison. Mary’s despair progresses until the fateful arrival of Moses, an enigmatic, virile black servant. Locked in anguish, Mary and Moses—master and slave—are trapped in a web of mounting attraction and repulsion, until their psychic tension explodes with devastating consequences.” publisher.