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Lessing on books

The Guardian Unlimited has put Doris Lessing's Nobel Prize acceptance speech online. It's not so much a speech as a story—not surprising as she won for literature. It's partly a story about her childhood and later experiences in Africa, and partly a comment about the love of books that she found there, in even the poorest villages.

Every writer can identify with that deep need to read words on a page, whether it's fiction or poetry or biography or something else. Words on a page—they inform us, entertain us, connect us, and even obsess us.

Getting them there can be just as informative and entertaining, can provide the same connection and the same level of obsession.


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