Author(s): Doris May Lessing
Doris Lessing joined the Communist in London, and here she explores the allure communism held for artists, intellectuals, and social reformist idealists in the 1950s. A fascinating meditation on the psychological, sociological, and historical roots of a generation's behavior, Lessing offers insight into the ideological and political madness of the post-war era. Lessing also evokes the bohemian life she lead in postwar London: her work in the theater, her romantic liaisons, her books, her single parenting, and the tenor and texture of life in the 1950s. Among those who appear in these pages are Clancy Sigal, Nelson Algren, Henry Kissinger, Kenneth Tynan, and Bertrand Russell, to name a few. She muses at length about the relationships between men and women, offering provocative insights into the attitudes of American men toward sex, women, and love. The last section of the memoir describes the writing of her most famous novel, The Golden Notebook. It offers a fascinating account of the creative process by which a literary masterpiece is conceived and executed.