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One writer who particularly admires Lessing's work is Margaret Drabble:

"Doris Lessing is my role model in many ways. I can't write as boldly and bravely as she does. She has no inhibitions, which is very remarkable in a woman writer- she is able to say things that other women would hesitate to say. She has also had the most remarkable career, changing her field of operation. She started off writing small domestic novels with an African base, but then moved to space fiction, she's written genre fiction. She's just, over a very long career, been very productive and very inspiring and always totally honest and courageous, a touchstone of how the writer ought to be. She's never written for the market, always for what she thought she had to say."
Margaret Drabble

Lessing has explored a huge number of genres in her work and changes her style accordingly. For Isobel Armstrong, Professor of Literature at Birkbeck College, London University her work is both powerful and adventurous. Lessing tackled new subjects in a new way.

"She was one of the earliest women writers to take the problems of women and put them central to the novel. And I think if anything holds her work together it is the terrors of power and the difficult vulnerabilities of being a woman, and in every novel, there's some combination of these two things."
Margaret Drabble

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