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 (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.


, 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).
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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)
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(ˈlɛs ɪŋ)

1. Doris (May), born 1919, British writer.
2. Gotthold Ephraim, 1729–81, German playwright and critic.
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2.Lessing - English author of novels and short stories who grew up in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) (born in 1919)
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Lessing has advanced excellent reasons for supposing that the Martians have actually succeeded in effecting a landing on the planet Venus.
Indeed, the attempt to write several thousand lines of pure descriptive poetry was in itself ill-judged, since as the German critic Lessing later pointed out, poetry is the natural medium not for description but for narration; and Thomson himself virtually admitted this in part by resorting to long dedications and narrative episodes to fill out his scheme.
Both were enormously popular and, crossing the Channel, like Thomson's poetic innovation, exerted a great influence on the drama of France and Germany (especially in the work of Lessing), and in general on the German Romantic Movement.
A powerful, intellectual analysis of some well-marked subject, in such form as makes literature enduring, is indeed what the world might have looked for from him: those institutes of aesthetics, for instance, which might exist, after Lessing and Hegel, but which certainly do not exist yet.
At Lessing's Hospitality Group, a Great River-based food service and hospitality group, employees and their families are participating in Island Harvest Food Bank's 1.8-acre "Giving Garden" in Brentwood.
En el presente trabajo pretendo abordar la novela de Doris Lessing, The Cleft (2007), desde conceptualizaciones del cuerpo y el espacio que enfatizan sus cualidades de inestables y en constante devenir debido a la naturaleza social tanto de uno como del otro.
I'd long had it in the back of my mind to write something about Clancy Sigal, which according to my notes I'd provisionally titled "The Man Who Fascinated Women (Writers)." Whatever it is in me that's drawn to wounded men--and Clancy was a great one of the species--I suspect the fact that Doris Lessing got to this one first, branding him as her property, was no small part of the allure.
Doris Lessing left Africa--Southern Rhodesia to be precise, to journey by ship to England with the most meagre of personal possessions--a suitcase, a small sum of money and a manuscript.
Rory Kinnear provided plenty of these as superstar surgeon Robert Lessing, but the entire ensemble cast - Lydia Leonard (Caroline), Matthew Baynton (William) and Tom Basden (John) - was excellent, while Rupert Everett, as the not-tobe-messed-with Dr Hendricks, added a delightful air of menace.
The Blumenfeld Development Group (BDG) announced that the Lessing's Food Service Management has been selected to operate the 10:10 Cafe which serves as the restaurant and catering facility for the Bulova Corporate Center and surrounding neighborhood in East Elmhurst, NY.
Lessing, who made it a point to say he is a 93-year-old World War II veteran, wrote a letter to the judges of the U.S.