Doris Lessing

1919 - 2013

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Doris May Lessing (née Tayler; 22 October 1919 – 17 November 2013) was a British-Zimbabwean (Rhodesian) novelist. She was born to British parents in Iran, where she lived until 1925. Her family then moved to Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), where she remained until moving in 1949 to London, England. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Doris Lessing has received more than 1,388,971 page views. Her biography is available in 99 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 94 in 2019). Doris Lessing is the 215th most popular writer (down from 180th in 2019), the 24th most popular biography from Iran (down from 20th in 2019) and the 7th most popular Iranian Writer.

Doris Lessing is most famous for her novels, which include The Golden Notebook, The Grass is Singing, and The Good Terrorist.

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Among writers, Doris Lessing ranks 215 out of 5,794Before her are Lucy Maud Montgomery, Yasunari Kawabata, Karen Blixen, François de La Rochefoucauld, C. S. Lewis, and Bram Stoker. After her are Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Mary Wollstonecraft, Colette, Walt Whitman, Pierre Corneille, and Louis-Ferdinand Céline.

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Among people born in 1919, Doris Lessing ranks 6Before her are Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Eva Perón, J. D. Salinger, Edmund Hillary, and Mikhail Kalashnikov. After her are Primo Levi, Desmond Doss, Nat King Cole, Zhao Ziyang, Giulio Andreotti, and Margot Fonteyn. Among people deceased in 2013, Doris Lessing ranks 4Before her are Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher, and Mikhail Kalashnikov. After her are Võ Nguyên Giáp, Hugo Chávez, Fawzia Fuad of Egypt, Peter O'Toole, Paul Walker, Joan Fontaine, Jorge Rafael Videla, and Frederick Sanger.

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In Iran

Among people born in Iran, Doris Lessing ranks 24 out of 463Before her are Cambyses II (-550), Ferdowsi (940), Abu Nuwas (762), Mansur Al-Hallaj (858), Saadi Shirazi (1210), and Khosrow I (501). After her are Tahmasp I (1514), Darius II (-475), Al-Tabari (839), Abdul Qadir Gilani (1078), Reza Shah (1878), and Salman the Persian (568).

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Among WRITERS In Iran

Among writers born in Iran, Doris Lessing ranks 7Before her are Ismail I (1487), Hafez (1325), Ferdowsi (940), Abu Nuwas (762), Mansur Al-Hallaj (858), and Saadi Shirazi (1210). After her are Nasir al-Din al-Tusi (1201), Shams Tabrizi (1185), Attar of Nishapur (1145), Ali Shariati (1933), Magtymguly Pyragy (1733), and Ibn al-Muqaffa' (724).