"That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way": First Editions of Each Book in the Nobel Prize-Winning Author’s Children of Violence Series; Each Signed by Doris Lessing

  • Martha Quest, A Proper Marriage, A Ripple from the Storm, Landlocked, The Four-Gated City.

Martha Quest, A Proper Marriage, A Ripple from the Storm, Landlocked, The Four-Gated City.

$2,500.00

Item Number: 796

London: Michael Joseph, 1952-1969.

First editions of the author’s Children of Violence Series. Octavo, 5 volumes. Original cloth. Each of the five volumes are signed by Doris Lessing. Near fine in very good to near fine dust jackets.

Martha Quest, the first book in the "Children of Violence" series, follows a young girl coming of age in British colonial South Africa just before World War II. The following books chronicle her experience as she grows through marriage and then motherhood. In 2007 Doris Lessing won the Nobel Prize in Literature. At 87, she was the oldest winner of the prize at the time. "Oh Christ!" She told reporters outside her home, as she was returning from the grocery store, "I've won all the prizes in Europe, every bloody one, so I'm delighted to win them all. It's a royal flush."

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