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Doris Lessing

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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.

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Briefing for a Descent Into Hell

Written by Doris Lessing


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 14, 2009
Price: $16.95

In this ambitious novel of madness and release, shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Doris Lessing imagines the fantastical "inner-space" life of an amnesiac.

Charles Watkins, a Professor of Classics at Cambridge University, has suffered a breakdown, confined to a mental hospital as his friends and doctors attempt to bring him back to... Read more >

Briefing for a Descent into Hell

Written by Doris Lessing


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 17, 2010
Price: $10.99

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Briefing for a Descent into Hell

Written by Doris Lessing


Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 1981
Price: $13.95

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The Fifth Child

Written by Doris Lessing


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 14, 1989
Price: $14.95

A self-satisfied couple intent on raising a happy family is shocked by the birth of an abnormal and brutal fifth child.

Doris Lessing's contemporary gothic horror story—centered on the birth of a baby who seems less than human—probes society's unwillingness to recognize its own brutality. Harriet and David Lovatt, parents of... Read more >
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The Fifth Child

Written by Doris Lessing


Format: eBook, 144 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 17, 2010
Price: $11.99

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The Good Terrorist

Written by Doris Lessing


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 25, 2008
Price: $16.95

The Good Terrorist follows Alice Mellings, a woman who transforms her home into a headquarters for a group of radicals who plan to join the IRA. As Alice struggles to bridge her ideology and her bourgeois upbringing, her companions encounter unexpected challenges in their quest to incite social change against complacency... Read more >
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The Good Terrorist

Written by Doris Lessing


Format: eBook, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 17, 2010
Price: $11.99

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The Memoirs of a Survivor

Written by Doris Lessing


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 1988
Price: $15.00

In a beleaguered city where rats and roving gangs terrorize the streets, where government has broken down and meaningless violence holds sway, a woman — middle-aged and middle-class — is brought a twelve-year-old girl and told that it is her responsibility to raise the child. This book, which the author has... Read more >

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Shikasta
Re, Colonised Planet 5
Written by Doris Lessing


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1981
Price: $16.00

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Shikasta
Re, Colonised Planet 5
Written by Doris Lessing


Format: eBook, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 17, 2010
Price: $11.99

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Stories

Written by Doris Lessing
Introduction by Margaret Drabble


Format: Hardcover, 696 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: September 2, 2008
Price: $26.00

This wide-ranging collection of the stories by the renowned Nobel Laureate—spanning more than two decades of her astonishing career—highlights her singular gifts for portraying the complex lives of men and women in a modern, often alienating world.

Included are seminal stories like “To Room Nineteen,” in which a woman reacts against the... Read more >
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Stories

Written by Doris Lessing


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 12, 1980
Price: $16.95

All of Doris Lessing's short fiction other than the stories set in Africa. Read more >
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Stories

Written by Doris Lessing


Format: eBook, 640 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 10, 2010
Price: $13.99

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The Summer Before the Dark

Written by Doris Lessing


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 17, 2010
Price: $11.99

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The Summer Before the Dark

Written by Doris Lessing


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 14, 2009
Price: $16.00

Nobel laureate Doris Lessing's classic novel of the pivotal summer in one woman's life is a brilliant excursion into the terrifying gulf between youth and old age.

As the summer begins, Kate Brown—attractive, intelligent, forty-five, happily married, with a house in the London suburbs and three grown children—has no reason to expect... Read more >
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The Kreutzer Sonata

Written by Leo Tolstoy
Translated by Isai Kamen
Introduction by Doris Lessing


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 9, 2003
Price: $11.00

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The Kreutzer Sonata

Written by Leo Tolstoy
Translated by Isai Kamen
Introduction by Doris Lessing


Format: eBook, 128 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $8.99

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