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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,…

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