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 books include The Grass is Singing (1950), the arrangement of five books collectively called Children of Violence (1952–69), '' The Golden Notebook (1962), The fantastic Terrorist (1985), and five novels collectively called Canopus in Argos: Archives (1979–1983).
Lessing has been awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature. In awarding the prize, the Swedish Academy described her as "the epicist of the feminine experience, who using scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a broken civilisation to examination". Lessing was the eleventh woman and also the oldest man ever to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.
In 2001, Lessing was awarded the David Cohen Prize for a lifetime's achievement in British literature. Back in 2008, The Times rated her fifth to a list of "The 50 best British writers since 1945".
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