What a sublime talent, what a unique soul [Lessing] was.
Has she died? I'm not finding a death date on some sources I googled.
I found a site called "www.dorislessing.org".
Take a look at this photo and this one. Her eyes in the first one remind me of my "Aunt Em"s eyes. (Actually my first cousin once removed.) Aunt Em lived to be well along into her 90s. The other features are different -- Em, whose mother was an AmerIndian, looked a bit like Georgia O'Keefe in features. Stark lines, aquiline nose.
I've been reading Middlemarch in earnest, around some work projects I've been busy with. I'm up through the end of Book II.
I'm wishing I'd read Middlemarch years ago. I've been missing out on delicious pleasures of comparing/contrasting Eliot and Rand.
There's a sense in which I'd describe Eliot as "the Lessing of the Victorian era" -- the probing dissection.
Yes, a pair that jumps out at me is Rosamund/Lilian as evil females.