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Year First Published: 1994
First Published by:Ontario Review Press
This Edition:American first edition
Softcover original

From the book jacket:

In these twenty-four provocative interviews spanning several decades, Doris Lessing talks frankly to a variety of interviewers - among them Joyce Carol Oates and Studs Terkel - about a wide range of subjects she is deeply concerned with. We hear about her early years in Southern Rhodesia, her involvement in Marxism and Sufism, her views on feminism, science fiction, the problems of autobiography, and her own fiction, especially The Golden Notebook. These conversations, informed by Ms. Lessing's unfailing intelligence and refreshing directness, present an invaluable and up-to-date view of the life and work of an distinguished contemporary writer.

Included in this edition:

    Talking as a Person by Roy Newquist
    The Inadequacy of the Imagination by Jonah Raskin
    Learning to Put the Questions Differently by Studs Terkel
    One Keeps Going by Joyce Carol Oates
    The Capacity to Look at a Situation Coolly by Josephine Hendin
    Creating Your Own Demand by Minda Bikman
    Testimony to Mysticism by Nissa Torrents
    The Need to Tell Stories by Christopher Bigsby
    Writing as Time Runs Out by Michael Dean
    Running Through Stories in My Mind by Michael Thorpe
    Placing Their Fingers on the Wounds of Our Times by Margarete von Schwarzkopf
    Breaking Down These Forms by Stephen Gray
    Acknowledging a New Frontier by Eve Bertelsen
    The Habit of Observing by Francois-Olivier Rousseau
    Caged by the Experts by Thomas Frick
    Living in Catastrophe by Brian Aldiss
    Watching the Angry and Destructive Hordes Go by by Claire Tomalin
    Drawn to a Type of Landscape by Sedge Thomson
    A Writer Is Not a Professor by Jean-Maurice de Montremy
    The Older I Get, the Less I Believe by Tan Gim Ean
    Unexamined Mental Attitudes Left Behind by Communism by Edith Kurzweil
    Reporting from the Terrain of the Mind by Nigel Forde
    Voice of England, Voice of Africa by Michael Upchurch
    Describing This Beautiful and Nasty Planet by Earl G. Ingersoll
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