Doris Lessing | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Gore Vidal

This literature criticism consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis & critique of Doris Lessing.
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Critical Essay by Gore Vidal

Although Doris Lessing has more in common with George Eliot than she has with any contemporary serious-novelist, she is not always above solemnity, as opposed to mere seriousness. Somewhat solemnly, Lessing tells us in the preface to her new novel Shikasta that there may indeed be something wrong with the way that novels are currently being written. She appears not to be drawn to the autonomous word-structure. On the other hand, she is an old-fashioned moralist. This means that she is inclined to take very seriously the quotidian. The deep—as opposed to strip—mining of the truly moral relationship seems to me to be her territory….

At best, Lessing's prose is solid and slow and a bit flatfooted. She is an entirely "traditional" prose writer….

In any case, like the splendid Memoirs of...

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