Lessing, Doris: Principal Works

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The Grass Is Singing (novel) 1950

* Martha Quest (novel) 1952

This Was the Old Chief's Country (short stories) 1952

Before the Deluge (drama) 1953

Five: Short Novels (novellas) 1953

* A Proper Marriage (novel) 1954

A Retreat to Innocence (novel) 1956

Going Home (essays) 1957

The Habit of Loving (short stories) 1957

Each His Own Wilderness (drama) 1958

Mr. Dollinger (drama) 1958

* A Ripple from the Storm (novel) 1958

Fourteen Poems (poetry) 1959

In Pursuit of the English: A Documentary (documentary) 1960

The Golden Notebook (novel) 1962

Play with a Tiger (drama) 1962

A Man and Two Women (short stories) 1963

African Stories (short stories) 1964

* Landlocked (novel) 1965

The Storm [adaptor; from a drama by Alexander Ostrovsky] (drama) 1966

Winter in July (short stories) 1966

Particularly Cats (autobiographical essay) 1967

Nine African Stories 1968

The Four-Gated City (novel) 1969

Briefing for a Descent into Hell (novel) 1971

The Story of a Non-Marrying Man and Other Stories [also published as The Temptation of Jack Orkney and Other Stories] (short stories) 1972

The Singing Door (drama) 1973

The Summer Before the Dark (novel) 1973

The Memoirs of a Survivor (novel) 1974

A Small Personal Voice: Essays, Reviews, and Interviews (essays, reviews, and interviews) 1974

Collected Stories. 2 vols. [also published as Stories] (short stories) 1978

Shikasta (novel) 1979

The Marriages between Zones Three, Four, and Five (novel) 1980

The Sirian Experiments (novel) 1981

The Making of the Representative for Planet 8 (novel) 1982

The Diary of a Good Neighbour [as Jane Somers] (novel) 1983

Documents Relating to the Sentimental Agents in the Volyen Empire (novel) 1983

The Diaries of Jane Somers (novel) 1984

If the Old Could … [as Jane Somers] (novel) 1984

The Good Terrorist (novel) 1985

Prisons We Choose To Live Inside (essays) 1987

The Wind Blows Away Our Words (nonfiction) 1987

The Fifth Child (novel) 1988

African Laughter: Four Visits to Zimbabwe (nonfiction) 1992

The Real Thing (short stories and sketches) 1992

Under My Skin: Volume One of My Autobiography, to 1949 (autobiography) 1994

Playing the Game (graphic novel) 1995

Love, Again (novel) 1996

Walking in the Shade: Volume Two of My Autobiography, 1949-1962 (autobiography) 1997

Mara and Dann: An Adventure (novel) 1999

Ben, in the World: The Sequel to The Fifth Child (novel) 2000

The Sweetest Dream (novel) 2001

The Grandmothers: Four Short Novels (novellas) 2004

* These novels are collectively referred to as the Children of Violence series and the "Martha Quest" novels.

† These novels are collectively referred to as the "Canopus in Argos: Archives" series.

‡ The work comprises two earlier novels, The Diary of a Good Neighbour and If the Old Could, that Lessing published under the pseudonym Jane Somers.

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