Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Doris Lessing

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Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography

Doris Lessing
b. 1919, Kermanshah, Iran

Doris Lessing spent her childhood in southern Africa (modern-day Zimbabwe) reading the great modern English and Russian novelists. After moving to London in 1949, she published her first novel, The Grass Is Singing, and devoted herself to a career in writing. Lessing's novels deal with social and political issues of inequality and cultural tensions; other works include The Golden Notebook (1962), Children of Violence (1951–59), and The Good Terrorist (1985).

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