Lessing's Early Letters: A prolific personal voice

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Doris Lessing was a prolific letter writer. Her personal archive in the British Archive for Contemporary Writing at UEA includes a huge range and volume of material: 130 boxes amounting to thousands of pages of letters, faxes, notebooks, postcards, notebooks, dream diaries and other personal papers. There is more correspondence (as well as a significant number of literary manuscripts) at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas, and a small but significant tranche at The Keep, University of Sussex, not to mention letters from Lessing held in several of her correspondents' archives. These letters present a complex and fascinating resource of paratextual material which enriches and challenges our reading of her published works.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-69
Number of pages8
JournalCritical Quarterly
Issue number3
Early online date9 Jul 2023
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2023

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