Books about Lessing

This bibliography lists books that pertain solely to Doris Lessing. They are listed in reverse chronological order. If your book about Doris Lessing is not listed here, please contact us. For a more general bibliography of contemporary women’s writing that includes books which may contain chapters on Lessing or discuss Lessing alongside other women writers, please visit the website of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association.

Majoul, Bootheina. Doris Lessing: Poetics of Being and Time. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2016.

Ridout, Alice, Roberta Rubenstein, and Sandra Singer. Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook After Fifty. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

Rubenstein, Roberta. Literary Half-Lives: Doris Lessing, Clancy Sigal, and Roman à Clef. New York/Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

Wang, Lili. Doris Lessing. Beijing: Social Sciences Academic Press (China), 2014.

Sprague, Claire. Doris Lessing’i Yeniden Okumak: İkileme ve Yineleme ile Ilgili Anlatim Kaliplari. Istanbul: Doruk, 2012. (Turkish translation of Rereading Doris Lessing: Narrative Patterns of Doubling and Repetition.)

Watkins, Susan. Doris Lessing. Contemporary World Writers Series. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2010.

Raschke, Debrah, Phyllis Sternberg Perrakis, and Sandra Singer, eds. Doris Lessing: Interrogating the Times. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 2010.

Miller, Frederic P., Agnes F. Vandome, and John McBrewster. Doris Lessing. Beau Bassin, Mauritius: Alphascript Publishing, 2010.

Ridout, Alice. “Contemporary Women Writers Look Back: From Irony To Nostalgia.” New York, NY: Continuum, 2010.

Ridout, Alice, and Susan Watkins, eds. Doris Lessing: Border Crossings. London: Continuum International Publishing, 2009.

Waterman, David. Identity in Doris Lessing’s space fiction. New York: Cambria Press, 2006.

Bloom, Harold, ed. Doris Lessing. New York: Facts On File, 2003.

García Navarro, Carmen. La vejez como materia literaria en la narrativa de Doris Lessing. Almería: Universidad de Almería, 2003.

Ghosh, Tapan K. Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook: A Critical Study. New Delhi: Prestige Books, 2003.

Kumar, Alka. Doris Lessing: Journey in Evolution. New Delhi: Books Plus, 2001.

Klein, Carole. Doris Lessing: A Biography. London: Duckworth, 2000.

Perrakis, Phyllis Sternberg, ed. Spiritual Exploration in the Works of Doris Lessing. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999.

Galin, Müge. Between East and West: Sufism in the Novels of Doris Lessing. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1997.

Yang, Wei-Yun. Doris Lessing’s Use of Sufi Teaching Stories: A Study of the Literary Treatment of the Theme of Transformation in Some Recent Novels by Doris Lessing. London: University of London Press, 1995.

Nader, Carol Ann. Doris Lessing: Victorian Modern. Long Beach: California State University Press, 1995.

Rowe, Margaret Moan. Doris Lessing. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1994.

Maslen, Elizabeth. Doris Lessing. Plymouth: Northcote House, 1994.

Ingersoll, Earl G., ed. Doris Lessing: Conversations. Princeton, NJ: Ontario Review Press, 1994. Reprint, Putting the Questions Differently: Interviews with Doris Lessing, 1964-1994. London: Flamingo-HarperCollins, 1994.

Greene, Gayle. Doris Lessing: The Poetics of Change. Ann Arbor, MI: The University of Michigan Press, 1994.

Fahim, Shadia. Doris Lessing: Sufi Equilibrium and the Form of the Novel. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1994.

Myles, Anita. Doris Lessing: A Novelist with Organic Sensibility. New Delhi: Associated Publishing House, 1991.

Sprague, Claire, ed. In Pursuit of Doris Lessing; Nine Nations Reading. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1990.

Pickering, Jean. Understanding Doris Lessing. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1990.

Cederstrom, Lorelei. Fine-Tuning the Feminine Psyche: Jungian Patterns in the Novels of Doris Lessing. Pieterlen: Peter Lang, 1990.

King, Jeannette. Doris Lessing. London: Edward Arnold, 1989.

Kaplan, Carey, and Ellen Cronan Rose, eds. Approaches to Teaching Lessing’s The Golden Notebook. New York: The Modern Language Association, 1989.

Whittaker, Ruth. Doris Lessing. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1988.

Kaplan, Carey, and Ellen Cronan Rose, eds. Doris Lessing: The Alchemy of Survival. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1988.

Sprague, Claire. Re-Reading Doris Lessing: Narrative Patterns of Doubling and Repetition. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1987.

Fishburn, Katherine. Doris Lessing: life, work, and criticism. Fredericton, NB: York Press, 1987.

Budhos, Shirley. The theme of enclosure in selected works of Doris Lessing. Troy, NY: Whitston, 1987.

Sprague, Clair, and Virginia Tiger, eds. Critical Essays on Doris Lessing. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1986.

Fishburn, Katherine. The Unexpected Universe of Doris Lessing: a Study in Narrative Technique. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1985.

Bertelsen, Eve, ed. Doris Lessing. Johannesburg: McGraw-Hill, 1985.

Knapp, Mona. Doris Lessing. New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing Company, 1984.

Brueck, Eric T. Doris Lessing. London: Metropolis, 1984.

Sage, Lorna. Doris Lessing. London: Methuen, 1983.

Draine, Betsy. Substance Under Pressure: Artistic Coherence and Evolving Form in the Novels of Doris Lessing. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1983.

Taylor, Jenny, ed. Notebooks/Memoirs/Archives: Reading and Rereading Doris Lessing. Boston: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1982.

Seligman, Dee. Doris Lessing: an annotated bibliography of criticism. London: Greenwood Press, 1981.

Spiegel, Rotraut. Doris Lessing: the problem of alienation and the form of the novel. Frankfurt: P.D. Lang, 1980.

Holmquist, Ingrid. From Society to Nature: a Study of Doris Lessing’s Children of Violence. Göteborg: Acta Universitatis Gothoburgensis, 1980.

Rubenstein, Roberta. The Novelistic Vision of Doris Lessing: Breaking the Forms of Consciousness. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1979.

Thorpe, Michael. Doris Lessing’s Africa. London: Evans Bros., 1978.

Singleton, Mary Ann. The City and the Veld: The Fiction of Doris Lessing. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 1977.

Schlueter, Paul. A Small Personal Voice: Essays, Reviews, Interviews. New York: Vintage, 1974, 1975. Reprint, London: Flamingo-HarperCollins, 1974, 1994.

Pratt, Annis, and L.S. Dembo, eds. Doris Lessing: Critical Studies. 1973. Reprint, Madison: university of Wisconsin Press, 1974.

Thorpe, Michael. Doris Lessing. Essex: Longman Group, 1973.

Schlueter, Paul. The Novels of Doris Lessing. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1973.

Burkom, Selma R., and Williams, Margaret. Doris Lessing: A Checklist of Primary and Secondary Sources. Troy, NY: Whitston, 1973.

Brewster, Dorothy. Doris Lessing: Volume 21 of Twayne’s English authors series. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1965.