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Les·sing(lĕs′ĭng), Doris May Taylor 1919-2013.
British writer known for her five-volume series Children of Violence (1952-1969) and for The Golden Notebook (1962). In 2007 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature.
Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim 1729-1781.
German playwright and critic. A leader of the Enlightenment, he wrote the plays Minna von Barnhelm (1767) and Nathan the Wise (1779).
1. (Biography) Doris (May). 1919–2013, English novelist and short-story writer, brought up in Rhodesia: her novels include the five-novel sequence Children of Violence (1952–69), The Golden Notebook (1962), a series of science-fiction works (1979–83), The Good Terrorist (1985), and The Sweetest Dream (2001). Nobel prize for literature 2007
2. (Biography) Gotthold Ephraim (ˈɡɔthɔlt ˈeːfrɑɪm). 1729–81, German dramatist and critic. His plays include Miss Sara Sampson (1755), the first German domestic tragedy, and Nathan der Weise (1779). He is noted for his criticism of French classical dramatists, and for his treatise on aesthetics Laokoon (1766)
1. Doris (May), born 1919, British writer.
2. Gotthold Ephraim, 1729–81, German playwright and critic.