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Doris Lessing

1919 - 2013

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Doris May Lessing (née Tayler; 22 October 1919 – 17 November 2013) was a British-Zimbabwean 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 1,660,552 page views. Her biography is available in 103 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 99 in 2019). Doris Lessing is the 240th most popular writer (down from 215th in 2019), the 32nd most popular biography from Iran (down from 24th in 2019) and the 6th 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 240 out of 5,755Before her are Anna Wintour, François de La Rochefoucauld, Anna Akhmatova, Philip K. Dick, Coen brothers, and Torquato Tasso. After her are Nelly Sachs, Nasir al-Din al-Tusi, Jacob Grimm, Sallust, J. K. Rowling, and Germaine de Staël.

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

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In Iran

Among people born in Iran, Doris Lessing ranks 32 out of 528Before her are Nizam al-Mulk (1018), Abdul Qadir Gilani (1078), Khosrow I (501), Darius II (-475), Ferdowsi (940), and Salman the Persian (568). After her are Nasir al-Din al-Tusi (1201), Reza Shah (1878), Antiochus III the Great (-241), Ardashir I (180), Shapur I (150), and Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj (817).

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Among WRITERS In Iran

Among writers born in Iran, Doris Lessing ranks 6Before her are Ismail I (1487), Hafez (1325), Abu Nuwas (762), Mansur Al-Hallaj (858), and Ferdowsi (940). After her are Nasir al-Din al-Tusi (1201), Shams Tabrizi (1185), Saadi Shirazi (1210), Jami (1414), Attar of Nishapur (1145), and Magtymguly Pyragy (1733).