Doris Lessing, Nobel prize laureate and author of The Golden Notebook, has passed away at the age of 94. Over the course of her career, she wrote over fifty books ranging from science fiction to drama to autobiography and memoir.
The Swedish Academy lauded her in their citation as “that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny,” and J.M. Coetzee has described her as, “one of the great visionary novelists of our time.”
Lessing was born in Iran and raised in Zimbabwe, where her first novel The Grass is Singing is set, but had been a London resident for more than fifty years.