RIP Doris Lessing

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Nobel Prize–winning author Doris Lessing passed away in her London home at the age of 94.

The 11th woman to ever win the Nobel, Lessing broke ground with both the form and the content of books like The Golden NotebookChildren of Violence, and The Good Terrorist.

Her New York Times obituary calls her “uninhibited and outspoken” (and “cavalier and curmudgeonly”), while the BBC obituary includes a selection of comments from readers around the world for whom Lessing’s work “was brilliant and an eye opener.”


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →