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DORIS LESSING 100

13 September - 9 February 2020

£8 | £7 concessions

Mezzanine Gallery

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This autumn, a new exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre presents a revealing exploration and reappraisal of the life and work of Nobel laureate Doris Lessing (1919–2013), one of the most celebrated and extraordinary writers of the twentieth century. 

A fascinating selection from Lessing’s extensive personal archive, held in the British Archive for Contemporary Writing at the University of East Anglia, will be on display for the first time, giving unprecedented insight into Lessing’s life. 

The exhibition uses visual art and objects, alongside private correspondence and working papers, to explore the unfamiliar or forgotten aspects of Lessing’s life as well as iconic works that shaped her legacy. Original files from The National Archives charting MI5 and MI6 surveillance of Lessing will be on display, as well as objects and documents that provide a fresh context for understanding her forays into science fiction. 

Taken together, this exhibition offers an unprecedented, intimate look into the remarkable life of one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers.