Doris Lessing obituary

The New York Times today describes how the author in 2007 “approached her house in sensible shoes to find journalists gathered at her door waiting to tell her that she had won the Nobel Prize for literature. ‘Oh, Christ!’ she said upon hearing the news. ‘I couldn’t care less.’”

“Among the major influences on her thought, Ms. Lessing named Communism and Sufism. In between she embraced the psychiatry of R.D. Laing. She also counted Central Africa, World War I and her reading.”

She died today at 94.

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