Among other great accomplishments of her lifetime, here is one that struck me as very meaningful. Why would someone do this?
In 1984, she attempted to publish two novels under a pseudonym, Jane Somers, to demonstrate the difficulty new authors faced in trying to break into print. The novels were declined by Lessing's publisher in the UK but accepted by Knopf in the
My mother, born on October 21, 1919, would have said, "Out of the goodness of her heart."
It is quite a gesture. And good for Knopf in the US. :-)
Perhaps it was part of her Sufi ... I love this quote:
"Past the seeker as he prayed came the crippled and the beggar and the beaten.
And seeing them... the seeker cried, ‘Great God, how is it that a loving creator
can see such things and yet do nothing about them?’... God said, ‘I did do
something. I made you.’" -- Sufi saying
It's getting near Thanksgiving. If you have been blessed, let your light shine on the corners of someone else's world, as Lessing did.
If you had been trying to get published for years, you would recognize this gesture of hers for what it is.