Gayle Greene on Doris Lessing

by Meredith Kahn on December 4, 2013

Gayle Greene, author of Doris Lessing: The Poetics of Change, recently wrote about the impact of Doris Lessing’s work for Ms. Magazine’s blog:

It would be difficult to overstate the impact The Golden Notebook had on women of my generation, the direct and immediate identification we felt with it, the thrill of recognition. Here was a protagonist struggling with commitments to herself, her work, a child, relationships, political activism, “living the kind of life women never lived before.” Protagonist Anna Wulf describes herself as “the position of women in our time,” and for many of us this was no exaggeration. — Gayle Greene, “Doris Lessing: Teaching Us to Imagine

Greene also spoke to KPFA’s “Women’s Magazine” program about writing, feminism, and feminist writers. You can stream or download (10.27MB) the episode from KPFA’s site.

Gayle Greene’s Doris Lessing: The Poetics of Change can be purchased from the U-M Press or read online via HathiTrust.

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