Married 1 Frank Charles Wisdom in divorcedone son and one daughter; 2 Gottfried Lessing in divorcedone son.
These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDoris Lessing was never afraid to say what she thought, as Nick Higham reports A look at the life of Doris Lessing, the controversial novelist whose themes ranged from social justice to feminism and science fiction, who has died at the age of The remarks were typical of an author who never sought to avoid controversy both in her public utterances and her writings.
In the family moved to Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, to run a maize farm, though the venture was not a financial success. Her childhood was dominated by her overbearing mother, who was determined that her daughter would conform to a strict set of rules.
Lessing's only escape from what she described as a miserable existence was into the African bush, which she explored with her brother Harry.
Marriage She later commented that unhappy childhoods seem to produce fiction writers. But Lessing dropped out at the age of 13, effectively ending her formal education. Instead she fed her imagination with parcels of books ordered from England, discovering Dickens and Kipling early in life as well as inventing bedtime stories for her brother.
Image caption Lessing as a child, pictured with her mother and brother She was also influenced by her father's bitter memories of his service in World War I, which had left him crippled. In she moved to Salisbury, where she met and married Frank Wisdom.
They had two children, but the marriage failed and she left the family home. Science fiction Remaining in Salisbury, she became involved with a Communist book club, one of whose central members was Gottfried Lessing. The pair subsequently married - although, once more, the union was short-lived.
Lessing became disillusioned both with Communism and with Africa and moved to London where her first novel, The Grass is Singing, was published in The story of the wife of a white farmer and her affair with an African servant became an instant best-seller and broke new ground in its description of an interracial relationship.
Lessing's breakthrough novel, and perhaps her most controversial, was The Golden Notebook, published in Image caption Lessing talking to Aneurin Bevan in A multi-layered story about the different areas of one woman's personality, her passions and hatreds, it is by far the most complex, and longest, work she ever produced.
The book made Lessing an icon of the fast-growing feminist movement. Typically, though, she could not resist baiting the sisterhood. In it she outlined a bleak vision of the future with tyranny and natural catastrophes becoming the norm.
The critic, Paul Schlueter, noted that Lessing's "high seriousness in describing Earth's own decline and ultimate demise is as profoundly apocalyptic as ever". Image caption The author had a worldwide readership She also produced startling novels, such as the semi-autobiographical Children of Violence series and Briefing for a Descent into Hella frightening and surreal examination of mental illness.
More recently, Lessing produced novels like The Good Terrorista satire on romantic politics, and The Fifth Childabout the havoc wreaked on a family by an anti-social and violent child.
Lessing said the book had been partly inspired by her own experience of giving birth at 19 and the woman in the next bed, already a mother of two girls, harshly rejecting the son she had just had.Doris Lessing Biographical From the old stone house where I was born were views of the mountains with snow on them, and of the dusty plains that surround the little town.
Doris Lessing’s work united mind, body and feeling. The Children of Violence series featuring Martha Quest, and above all the novel The Golden Notebook, had a revolutionary impact on a.
Doris Lessing was born in Persia (present-day Iran) to British parents in for a Descent into Hell is about a man who is found wandering the streets of London with no memory of a 'normal' life, while Kate, making us work. Lessing, in her novels of the late s and s, takes us into mysterious inner worlds and outer space, for.
The Doris Lessing Society is dedicated to supporting the scholarly study of Lessing's work. The formal structure of the Society dates from January , when the first issue of Children: John (–), Jean (b.
), Peter (–). Doris Lessing was born Doris May Tayler in Persia (now Iran) on October 22, Both of her parents were British: her father, who had been crippled in World War I, was a clerk in the Imperial Bank of Persia; her mother had been a nurse. Doris Lessing attended a convent school and a girls' school, but ended her studies at age 14 and moved from home.
She went on to work as a nursemaid, telephonist, stenographer, and journalist, and published a few short stories.