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Lessing, Doris

Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception

Volume 16
Editor(s): Christine Helmer, Steven L. McKenzie, Thomas Römer, Jens Schröter, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric J. Ziolkowski
De Gruyter (Berlin, Boston) 2018

Doris Lessing (1919–2013), British author and recipient of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature, had a conventional Christian childhood in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) – Church of England home, attendance at a Roman Catholic school until age fifteen – that included close familiarity with the KJV and its “glorious prose” (“Problems, Myths and Stories” in Lessing 2004b: 277). She maintained this familiarity throughout her career, for even though as an adult she identified with Sufism (i.e., Is…

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