Walking in the Shade : 1949-1962

Walking in the Shade : 1949-1962

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The second volume of Doris Lessing's extraordinary autobiography covers the years 1949-62, from her arrival in war-weary London with her son, Peter, and the manuscript for her first novel, "The Grass is Singing, " under her arm to the publication of her most famous work of fiction, "The Golden Notebook." She describes how communism dominated the intellectual life of the 1950s and how she, like nearly all communists, became disillusioned with extreme and rhetorical politics and left communism behind. Evoking the bohemian days of a young writer and single mother, Lessing speaks openly about her writing process, her friends and lovers, her involvement in the theater, and her political activities. "Walking in the Shade" is an invaluable social history as well as Doris Lessing's Sentimental Education.
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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 134 x 202 x 28mm | 281.23g
  • HarperPerennial
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0060929561
  • 9780060929565
  • 779,624

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"You can't help but admire her independence of thought and feeling and her willingness to ovberturn all the precepts upon which her very existence has been predicted."-- "Los Angeles Times Book Review""Justifies by her extraordinary variety of her achievements, her exceptional memory and her facility as a writer."-- "New York Times Book Review""The life she describes is heroric...yet astonishingly full, with political work, writing, friendships, lovers and travel."-- "San Francisco Chronical""The story couldn't be better told. She is there, marvelously urgent, translucently sincere--Doris Lessing in person."-- "Washington Post Book World"
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