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DL - Doris Lessing Archive

Reference code
Level of description
Doris Lessing Archive
Quantity & Format
30 boxes (an additional 109 boxes currently under embargo) Letters (typescript and MS)
Personal name
Whitehorn, John
Lessing, Doris May, 1919-2013
Lessing, Doris May, 1919-2013
Scope and content
Doris Lessing holds the title of Distinguished Fellow in Literature at the University of East Anglia and received an Honorary degree from the UEA in 1985. She received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2007.

The collection includes the Whitehorn letters, 1944-1949 (1 box) and general correspondence from 1969-2007 (29 boxes). The collection does not hold any manuscripts of published or unpublished works.

The Whitehorn series (DL/WHI) comprises 110 letters written by Doris to R.A.F. Pilot Officer John Whitehorn and his friend Coll MacDonald between 1944-1949. They provide insight into Doris's personal life in Rhodesia.

Embargoed material (109 boxes): In 2013, following the author’s death, the University received the remainder of Lessing's personal archive, which Lessing had bequeathed. This 2013 tranche includes further personal papers, correspondence and notebooks and diaries. Lessing's authorised biographer, Patrick French, has privileged access to the 2013 deposit during the writing of Lessing’s biography, at which point, where appropriate, material will be made available for public access. The personal diaries will remain closed until 2043.
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