Doris Lessing expert Paul Schlueter will share a memoir of his 45-year friendship and professional relationship with the 2007 Nobel Literature Laureate at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 in Maginnes 480.
The talk, held in celebration of Women's History Month, is free and open to the public.
Schueter was the first American to write a doctoral dissertation on Lessing, who appointed him a liaison between her and other inquiring scholars. In his talk, he will share private images, as well as insights into the extraordinary friendship and working relationship.
He is also the author of many books, including “The Novels of Doris Lessing,” and holds the distinction of being the only person to share a copyright with Lessing for the book he introduced and edited: "A Small Personal Voice: Essays, Reviews and Interviews."
Doris Lessing made her debut in 1950 with the novel, “The Grass is Singing,” an examination of an interracial relationship between a farmer’s wife and the family servant. Her breakthrough to mainstream acclaim came in 1962, with “The Golden Notebook,” which was viewed by many as pioneering work of feminist philosophy and politics.
Over the course of several decades, Lessing wrote memoirs, science fiction, social commentary and fiction, short stories, plays, operas and even poetry—exhibiting an unparalleled deftness.
Her long and prolific career resulted in a long list of honors and awards. In 2001, she was awarded the Prince of Asturias Prize in Literature, one of Spain's most important distinctions, for her work in defense of freedom and Third World causes. She also received the David Cohen British Literature Prize, and was a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize in 2005. She was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2007.
Lloyd Steffen, University chaplain and Professor of Religion Studies, comments: “We are very pleased to be have Paul Schlueter come to Lehigh to share his recollections and insights about Doris Lessing. Doris Lessing is a world-class writer who in her 80s has just published a new novel (Alfred and Emily
); and Paul Schlueter is a fine scholar whose unique relationship to Lessing continues to this day. I know Lessing phoned him immediately after receiving word of her Nobel Prize award in 2007, and Paul continues to meet with her on his many trips to London, where he continues to do research.”
Schlueter's talk is being co-sponsored by the Chaplain's Office, Women's Studies, the Women's Center and the English department.
Posted on Monday, March 09, 2009