London: Jonathan Cape, 1989. Dirk Van Doreen (jacket illustration). First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Signed by the author. Used - Very Good/Fine. Blue cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine. Corners sharp. Clean, unmarked, tight. Signed by the author in black ink on flyleaf. 16 x 24 cm. 515 pp. / Very Good. Some scuffing and light scratches. Light wear to head/tail of spine. Brodart protective cover applied. Item #14541
"When Doris Lessing came to England from Rhodesia almost forty years ago, she brought with her a manuscript: The Grass is Singing. It was immediately recognised as an exceptional first novel and she was soon acclaimed as one of the finest writers in English, producing work which is consistently controversial, entertaining and profound.
This volume is the perfect way to encounter a remarkable author in all the facets of her work. Doris Lessing herself has chosen the extracts, from The Grass Is Singing, the two great novel sequences, Children of Violence and Canopus in Argos; The Golden Notebook; Briefing for a Descent into Hell ; The Summer Before the Dark; and The Good Terrorist. There are six short stories and a representative selection of non fiction, including a piece from Going Home (a personal account of her return to Africa); an essay, My Father from A Small Personal Voice; and an article describing her interest in Sufism.
In the Preface Doris Lessing points out that her readership tends to fall into two categories - those who admire her writing for its realism and those who prefer her space fiction. The Reader shows just how meaningless such divisions can be. Doris Lessings ideas evolve over the years; we see them recur and develop in this generous selection from an extraordinary body of work.