Under My Skin: Volume One of My Autobiography, to 1949

Under My Skin: Volume One of My Autobiography, to 1949

by Doris Lessing


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"I was born with skins too few. Or they were scrubbed off me by...robust and efficient hands."

The experiences absorbed through these "skins too few" are evoked in this memoir of Doris Lessing's childhood and youth as the daughter of a British colonial family in Persia and Southern Rhodesia Honestly and with overwhelming immediacy, Lessing maps the growth of her consciousness, her sexuality, and her politics, offering a rare opportunity to get under her skin and discover the forces that made her one of the most distinguished writers of our time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060926649
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/28/1995
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature, Doris Lessing was one of the most celebrated and distinguished writers of our time, the recipient of a host of international awards, including the Somerset Maugham Award, the David Cohen Memorial Prize for British Literature, the James Tait Black Prize for best biography, Spain's Prince of Asturias Prize and Prix Catalunya, and the S. T. Dupont Golden PEN Award for a Lifetime's Distinguished Service to Literature.


London, England

Date of Birth:

October 22, 1919

Place of Birth:

Persia (now Iran)

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Under My Skin: Volume One of My Autobiography, to 1949 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
MinnaH on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great book from my favourite author. It is interesting to read an autobiography from Doris Lessing after reading Children of Violence.
bexaplex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lessing is a detailed and introspective writer, and she doesn't gloss over anything in writing this autobiography. She sifts through memories and turns each one over, examining its impact and authenticity. Occasionally I found it difficult to believe that she actually remembered everything that went into this book, but then The Golden Notebook is the same — and it seems probable that anyone who could summon up that vast amount of information about a character probably has a great deal of material from her own life to work with.