Under My Skin

Under My Skin

Volume One of My Autobiography, to 1949

Book - 1994
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Baker & Taylor
The author of African Laughter recounts her childhood in Persia and Southern Rhodesia, difficult adolescence, two marriages, political activity, and growth as a writer. 50,000 first printing. $55,000 ad/promo. Tour.

Blackwell North Amer
This, the first volume of Doris Lessing's autobiography, begins with her childhood in Africa and ends on her arrival in London in 1949 with the typescript of her first novel, The Grass is Singing, in her suitcase.
The book recalls her own mind as a child, and the life of a child, with almost overwhelming immediacy, mapping the growth first of her consciousness, then, in adolescence, of her sexuality, and later, as a young woman, of her political beliefs. The African landscape (described with great lyricism), her often angry and combative relationship with her parents, her intense awareness of her own body, her passionate involvement with other people and indeed with everything around her are all here very, very powerfully present.
Under My Skin shows a woman uncompromising, from the beginning, in every aspect, who breaks all the rules, who battles at every turn against her upbringing and environment, who looks on the world clear and hard; and yet who also displays a softness, a wonderful sense of humor, a compassion for human failure.

Baker
& Taylor

The author recounts her childhood in Persia and Southern Rhodesia, difficult adolescence, two marriages, political activity, and growth as a writer

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 1994
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780060171506
0060171502
Characteristics: 419 p. : ill ; 24 cm

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