On the Passing of Doris Lessing

by Meredith Kahn on November 20, 2013

Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing died this week at home in London. Gayle Greene’s Doris Lessing: The Poetics of Change, published by the U-M Press in 1995, continues to be an important source for the study of Lessing’s work and impact. Describing her as “quite simply the most extraordinary woman writer of our time,” Greene seeks to explain the seemingly irreconcilable differences of genre and philosophical orientation present in Lessing’s long career by drawing attention to the constancy of “change” and a search for “something new” in both her fiction and autobiographical works. On the continuing importance of Lessing’s work for future readers and scholars, Greene notes: “I’ve no doubt that if there is a future, Lessing will be one of the writers by whom we’ll be remembered—one of the writers who will be seen as expressing what we were about.”

You can purchase Gayle Greene’s Doris Lessing: The Poetics of Change from the University of Michigan Press and read the book online via HathiTrust.

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