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Everyman's Library #316: Doris Lessing: Stories


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This wide-ranging collection of the stories by the renowned Nobel Laureate—spanning more than two decades of her astonishing career—highlights her singular gifts for portraying the complex lives of men and women in a modern, often alienating world.

Included are seminal stories like “To Room Nineteen,” in which a woman reacts against the oppression of her banal marriage with dreadful results; “One off the Short List,” which traces the surprising conclusion to a seduction gone awry; “The Habit of Loving,” in which a lonely older man who takes a vivacious, young wife witnesses an unexpected reversal of intimacy. Here are two classic novellas as well: The Temptation of Jack Orkney and The Other Woman, which exemplify Lessings grasp of the most essential human psychology. Rich and various in mood and background—the settings range across England and France—these stories powerfully convey the uncompromising insight, intelligence, and vision of one of the most ardently admired writers of our time.

About the Author

Doris Lessing was born in 1919. The author of many works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Grass Is Singing and The Golden Notebook, she won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2007. She lives in England.

Margaret Drabble, the author of several works of fiction, including The Millstone, The Witch of Exmoor, and The Red Queen, and of nonfiction, lives in London.

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Introduction by Margaret Drabble

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The Habit of Loving

The Woman

Through the Tunnel


The Witness

The Day Stalin Died



The Eye of God in Paradise

The Other Woman

One off the Short List

A Woman on a Roof

How I Finally Lost My Heart

A Man and Two Women

A Room

England versus England

Two Potters

Between Men

Our Friend Judith

Each Other

Homage for Isaac Babel

Outside the Ministry


Notes for a Case History

An Old Woman and Her Cat

Side Benefits of an Honourable Profession

A Year in Regent's Park

Report on the Threatened City

Mrs Fortescue

An Unposted Love Letter

Lions, Leaves, Roses

Not a Very Nice Story

The Other Garden

The Temptation of Jack Orkney

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dugancm, December 12, 2008 (view all comments by dugancm)
absolutely vital reading. overlooked and underappreciated. a nobel prize-winner worth looking into.
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Lessing, Doris May
Everyman's Library
Introduction by:
Drabble, Margaret
Drabble, Margaret
Lessing, Doris
Drabble, Margaret
Short Stories (single author)
Short stories
Literature-A to Z
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