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Doris Lessing and me

The Nobel prize-winning author's life was as restless and exhilarating as her novels

By Samantha Ellis  

Doris Lessing, who died aged 94, penned over 50 works, including two operas © Elke Wetzig

“You should write, first of all, to please yourself. You shouldn’t care a damn about anybody else at all. But writing can’t be a way of life, the important part of writing is living. You have to live in such a way that your writing emerges from it.” This was Doris Lessing in 1964—provocative and passionate, as ever. She died on Sunday. She was 94. She had written over 50 books, from…

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