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Lessing, Doris
The Golden Notebook.
Simon & Schuster, New York, 1962. First American edition of the Nobel Prize winning author's magnum opus. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by the author on the half-title page, "I wish you good fortune- Doris Lessing 17.7.80 24 Gada Garden London." Also with postcard from the British Museum signed by Lessing on the same date. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light shelfwear. Jacket design by Janet Halverson. "I looked at her, and thought: That's my child, my flesh and blood. But I couldn't feel it. She said again: `Play, mummy.' I moved wooden bricks for a house, but like a machine. Making myself perform every movement. I could see myself sitting on the floor, the picture of a `young mother playing with her little girl.' Like a film shot, or a photograph." These words exemplify the themes Lessing struggled with in The Golden Notebook. They question the notion of identity. In the above quote, the protagonist cannot reconcile who she needs to be, to remain healthy and whole, with what the ideologies of society require her to be. This obsession with constructing a comprehensive sense of identity leads to an infinite fictionalization of the protagonist's life. Lessing's work is not only a significant feminist polemic; it is a multilayered glance into the political climate of the 1960's. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover; In Dust Jacket]
Bookseller: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB [Palm Beach, FL, U.S.A.]
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