Sunday, 17 November 2013

Writing - Doris Lessing RIP (there's time yet!)

I hope I'm still writing in thirty years time! No sorry perhaps that should be breathing.

Doris Lessing died 1919 - 2013

Doris May Lessing CH (née Tayler; 22 October 1919 – 17 November 2013) was a British novelist, poet, playwright, librettist, biographer and short story writer. Her novels included The Grass is Singing (1950), the sequence of five novels collectively called Children of Violence (1952–69),The Golden Notebook (1962), The Good Terrorist (1985), and five novels collectively known as Canopus in Argos: Archives (1979–1983).
Lessing was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature. In doing so the Swedish Academy described her as "that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny". Lessing was the eleventh woman and the oldest person to ever receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.
In 2001, Lessing was awarded the David Cohen Prize for a lifetime's achievement in British Literature. In 2008, The Times ranked her fifth on a list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945"
A look at the life of Doris Lessing, the controversial novelist whose themes ranged from social justice to feminism and science fiction.
Doris Lessing incurred the wrath of many Americans by suggesting that the 9/11 attacks were not that terrible when compared with the IRA campaign in the UK.
The remarks were typical of an author who never sought to avoid controversy both in her public utterances and her writings.
Doris May Tayler was born in Kermanshah, in what is now western Iran, where her British father was a clerk with the Imperial Bank of Persia.
In 1925 the family moved to Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, to run a maize farm, though the venture was not a financial success.
Her first novel, The Grass is Singing, was published in 1949.
Lessing's breakthrough novel, and perhaps her most controversial, was The Golden Notebook, published in 1962.
In October 2007 she became the oldest ever winner, and only the 11th woman in 106 years, to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

"There's something abrasive in me because I have often made people very cross," she once said.
As a writer, however, it was important for her not to care what other people thought.

"We are free... I can say what I think. We are lucky, privileged, so why not make use of it?"

So Doris had been writing for 13 years before she was finally recognised for the fine author that she was. So the lesson here would be - never give up.

God rest her soul