Doris Lessing is a British writer who was born in 1919 in Kermanshah, Iran. She published her first novel The Grass is Singing in England in 1950. The title of this novel was taken from T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land. This title is included in these lines:
In this decayed hole among the mountains
In the faint moonlight, the grass is singing
Over the tumbled graves, about the chapel
There is the empty chapel, only the wind's home.
It has no windows, and the door swings,
Dry bones can harm no one ( Lessing 1950, p. ii )
Doris Lessing is a British writer who was born in 1919 in Kermanshah, Iran. Her parents moved to Southern Rhodesia when she was five years old but she has been living in England since 1949. Her parents moved to southern Rhodesia in order to get wealth because the European people believed that they will become rich once they go to Africa and work in farming. Her parents did not succeed in achieving their goal since her father’s health condition got worse. Moreover, she attended the convent where she learnt sewing, cooking and taking care of animals. She did not complete her education because she left school at the age of 14 to find a job. She got married twice and got two children from her first marriage and a child from the second. She met her second husband Gottfried Lessing when she was a member in the communist party. She was working hard to achieve social justice for the black Rhodesian people who were suffering from poverty and cruel treatment of their white masters. Since her childhood, she has been fond of reading books difficult for children to understand. Reading books was the motive behind her wish to be a writer because reading books helps with widening the imagination of the writer. According to Doris Lessing (1994), reading has two benefits: I had begun, in short, to colour in the map of the world with the hues and tints of literature. Which does two things (a least). One is to refine your knowledge of your fellow human beings....
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