The Golden Notebook - Doris Lessing 1962 - Michael Joseph, London - First Edition, first impression. ‘Art is the mirror of our betrayed ideals.’

First edition of Doris Lessing’s major novel, which tells the story of Anna Wulf, a divorced novelist disillusioned with the Communist party, who begins navigating a perilous existence as a ‘free woman’. She records her experiences in a series of journals – her memories of her time in Southern Rhodesia before and during WWII, her nostalgic first love, and a devastating affair – attempting to tie them together in a final, ‘golden’ notebook. The novel was chosen by
Time magazine as one of the 100 best English language novels since 1923.

‘Doris Lessing is a pioneer of feminist self-consciousness in its raw state, and the very rhythm of her remorseless, circular and outstandingly honest narrative reflects the essentially inward-looking perceptions of a woman, as opposed to the linear undertakings of a man.’
– Anita Brookner, The London Review of Books
  Doris Lessing (1919-2013): In 1925, her family moved to Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), where she remained until 1949, before relocating to London. Lessing’s fiction is deeply autobiographical, much of it emerging out of her experiences in Africa. In 2007, she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, which recognized her impressively large oeuvre of more than 50 books, including her debut novel The Grass is Singing (1950) and her daring narrative experiment, The Golden Notebook (1962). She died in London in November 2013.

References: Brookner, ‘Women Against Men’
The London Review of Books 1982. Buckler, ‘Against the Terror, the Spirit of Sisyphus’ The New York Times 1962. Kirkus reviews. web. Doris Lessing, web.

Octavo (22.5 x 15 cm). pp. 568.
In publisher's black boards, spine lettered in gilt. Dust jacket priced at ‘30s net’ to upper corner of front flap.
  Condition: Fine, in very good dust jacket with light soiling, band of toning to upper edge of rear panel, minor wear to corners, evidence of former tape repair to verso of rear panel.   Ref: 108667   Price: HK$ 6,500