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Doris Lessing and the Forming of History$
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Kevin Brazil, David Sergeant, and Tom Sperlinger

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474414432

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414432.001.0001

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Lessing’s Interruptions

Lessing’s Interruptions

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(p.137) Chapter 10 Lessing’s Interruptions
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Doris Lessing and the Forming of History
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Tom Sperlinger

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474414432.003.0011

This chapter offers the first substantial exploration of Doris Lessing’s typescripts, showing how they complicate commonly-held views that she wrote too quickly and edited too little. It reads several sections that Lessing inserted or substantially re-wrote in the typescripts for two of her novels, The Summer Before the Dark (1973) and The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four and Five (1980). The chapter argues that such interruptions are critical for a reading of Lessing’s creative process, but also in understanding how individuals in her work witness - and narrate - historical change.

Keywords:   Doris Lessing, revisions, typescripts, The Summer Before the Dark, The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four and Five

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