Welcome to the website for the Doris Lessing Society! Here you can find resources for studying and enjoying the writings of one of the 20th century's great authors, including a bibliography of recent literary criticism, information about past conferences and panel presentations, and reading guides on selected works for book clubs and independent readers. Also listed here are current Society members and their scholarly interests. If you would like to join, or if you have a question, don't hesitate to click "Contact," above. -- Cornelius Collins, President, Doris Lessing Society

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the Doris Lessing Society at the 2018 MLA Convention

Full details for the Doris Lessing Society’s panel session and annual general meeting at the 2018 MLA Convention in New York City are now posted on this site’s current MLA page. We hope you will join us for either or both events!

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Doris Lessing Studies — new issue

Just published: the new issue of the Society’s academic journal, Doris Lessing Studies! This year’s issue is volume 35.

The journal is first published here on our web site, in PDF format, for members to download. The contents will also shortly appear in EBSCO’s and ProQuest’s literature databases; contact your library for access instructions to these academic resources. Here is a link to our online archive, where this and other recent issues can be downloaded, and here is the page to become a member and receive access.

The table of contents:

  • Letter from the President, Cornelius Collins
  • My Life with Doris Lessing Studies, Phyllis Perrakis
  • Letter from the Co-Editors, Robin Visel
  • Review: Doris Lessing and the Forming of History, Lara Choksey
  • “‘Class’ Is not a South African Word’: Parallel Development and “The Place of Black Labor,” Peter Ribic
  • African, Communist: Situating Doris Lessing’s “African Dances,” James Arnett
  • Prisons We Choose to Live Inside: Doris Lessing Speaks Truth to Power, Eleonora Rao
  • “Power to Disturb”: Exploring Iterations of Queerness in Selected Works of Doris Lessing, Stephanie Settle
  • Teaching Lessing Primarily to Graduate Students, Sandra Singer
  • List of Society Officers

Clancy Sigal, 1926-2017

Last month saw the death of the American author and essayist Clancy Sigal, who was a major figure in Doris Lessing’s life during the late 1950s and early ’60s. Sigal’s novels include Zone of the Interior (1976) and The Secret Defector (1992), and his nonfiction works include Going Away (1961) and Black Sunset, published just last year.

Sigal and Lessing’s intense relationship had a complex influence on several of their writings, including The Golden Notebook — as has recently been explored by Roberta Rubenstein in her book Literary Half-Lives: Doris Lessing, Clancy Sigal, and Roman à Clef. The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas also has a page about the pair.

Sigal was a prolific essayist in the literary and political press. Links to some obituaries and remembrances follow. Feel free to cite further write-ups in the comments, or contact us with a link.

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Clancy Sigal with Doris Lessing

Counterpunch

The Guardian

New York Times

Los Angeles Times

 

2016 graduate student essay contest results

The winner of the 2016 Doris Lessing Society graduate student essay contest has been announced! See this page for the news.

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