In her novels, short stories, essays, autobiographical works Doris Lessing has already written about the condition of women, their rights, the necessity of their total emancipation. She has fought against any kind of inequality, for the vital freedom of all human beings. She was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2007 as a female chronicler, "that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power had subjected a divided civilization to scrutiny. Doris Lessing (born Doris May Tayler) was born in Persia (now Iran) in 1919 to British parents. Her father was a bank manager, whilst her mother had been a nurse. When she was six, her parents obtained a grant from the British government and moved to the Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe); but the maize farm they had bought did not give them the promised wealth, but only the rough life of an African settlement.
At the age of seven Doris was sent to a Roman Catholic convent school, and later to Salisburg High School for Girls, which she left at the age of fourteen, although continuing her individual education. Ordering books from England, she read all the 19th -century English authors but also discovered Lawrence, Stendhal, Tolstoy, and Dostoevsky.
Doris Lessing is considered one of the most important writers of our day. In her many works, she has given a masterful portraiture of the thoughts, anxieties, aspirations, hopes and fears, joys and sorros of contemporary times.