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Under My Skin: Volume One of My Autobiography, to 1949
 
 
Author
Doris Lessing.
Publisher Harper Perennial  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.25 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780060926649
Pages/Publication Date 419/1994
Daedalus Item Code 42990
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"I was born with skins too few. Or they were scrubbed off me by ... robust and efficient hands." The experiences absorbed through these "skins too few" are evoked in this first memoir by Nobel Laureate Doris Lessing, charting her childhood and youth as the daughter of a British colonial family in Persia and Southern Rhodesia. In breathtakingly immediate descriptions, Lessing maps the growth of her consciousness, her sexuality, and her politics, allowing us to discover the forces that made her one of the most distinguished writers of our time. Awarded the Nobel in 2007, Lessing (19192013) was one of the most celebrated and distinguished writers of our time, receiving the Somerset Maugham Award, the David Cohen Memorial Prize for British Literature, the James Tait Black Prize, Spain's Prix Catalunya and Prince of Asturias Prize, and a dozen other prestigious literary awards.

"'What is better than a really good biography? Not many novels,' says Lessing in her first chapter of what is destined to be one of the best autobiographies of our time. Although Lessing has incorporated her life into nearly all of her novels, most notably the Martha Quest series, and has published some short autobiographical sketches, this is her first full-length autobiography.... From her childhood in the wilds of what was then Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) through her young married life in Salisbury to her Communist years during World War II, Lessing is able both to capture the immediacy of her youthful feelings and to comment on her past self with both compassion and the distance that maturity brings. This is a wonderfully vivid memoir that reveals the origins of a remarkable writer. It also gives the reader a direct connection to the physical and emotional experiences of childhood and youth that are universal and timeless."Library Journal

 
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