To Room Nineteen Criticism

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"To Room Nineteen" was first published in A Man and Two Women, a collection of Lessing's short stories that helped cement her reputation as an important short story writer. Most reviewers praised Lessing for her literary artistry. Paul Pickrel in Harper wrote that the "best of her work [in the collection] is equal to the best short stories now being written in English."

Dorothy Brewster, in her article on the author in Twayne's English Authors Series Online, applauds Lessing's focus on human relationships "with no particular significance in themselves, but successful in suggesting the flow of life around us" and her questioning "about what people mean to each other." A review in the Times Literary Supplement finds the stories in "this most notable collection" to be "intensely imagined." Peter Deane in Book Week concurs, arguing that the stories "all evidence a sound intelligence and often a...

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