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A Voice Still HeardSelected Essays of Irving Howe$
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Irving Howe and Nina Howe

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300203660

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300203660.001.0001

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Doris Lessing: No Compromise, No Happiness {1963}

Doris Lessing: No Compromise, No Happiness {1963}

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(p.35) Doris Lessing: No Compromise, No Happiness {1963}
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A Voice Still Heard
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Irving Howe

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300203660.003.0004

This chapter presents Irving Howe's 1963 review of The Golden Notebook, a novel by Doris Lessing about the writer Anna Wulf and the four notebooks in which she records her life. Lessing tackles the themes of Stalinism, the Cold War, and the threat of nuclear conflagration, as well as women's struggles with the conflicts of work, sex, love, maternity, and politics. The novel focuses on the lives of two women, Molly and Anna, their problems as divorced women with children to raise, their disillusionments as former Communists, among other subjects.

Keywords:   novel, Irving Howe, The Golden Notebook, Doris Lessing, Stalinism, Cold War, women, love, politics, Communists

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