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Lessing

[les-ing] /ˈlɛs ɪŋ/
noun
1.
Doris (May) 1919–2013, British novelist in Africa; born in Persia; Nobel Prize in Literature 2007.
2.
Gotthold Ephraim
[gawt-hawlt ey-frah-im] /ˈgɔt hɔlt ˈeɪ frɑ ɪm/ (Show IPA),
1729–81, German critic and dramatist.
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  • How much better the diagnosis of Madame Dacier, who is quoted by Lessing!

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  • Lessing is obsessed with too high an estimate of the Captivi.

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  • She is the great friend of Lessing—as I live, there comes Lessing himself.

  • Lessing was a man of thought, but he died broken on the wheel of fortune.

  • Lessing appears to have been directly led to this by Aristotle.

  • "Doctor Lessing, if you please, madame," said Monsieur Dupont.

    The Crooked House

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  • Doctor Lessing re-entered the room with a letter in his hand.

    The Crooked House

    Brandon Fleming
  • "You'd be a crackerjack to talk to the old ladies," Lessing generously praised him.

    The Lovely Lady Mary Austin
  • Lessing and I bought it the winter the children had the diphtheria.

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  • "Well, it keeps you on the jump all right," Lessing assured him.

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British Dictionary definitions for Lessing

Lessing

/ˈlɛsɪŋ/
noun
1.
Doris (May). born 1919, English novelist and short-story writer, brought up in Rhodesia: her novels include the five-novel sequence Children of Violence (1952–69), The Golden Notebook (1962), a series of science-fiction works (1979–83), The Good Terrorist (1985), and The Sweetest Dream (2001). Nobel prize for literature 2007
2.
Gotthold Ephraim (ˈɡɔthɔlt ˈeːfrɑɪm). 1729–81, German dramatist and critic. His plays include Miss Sara Sampson (1755), the first German domestic tragedy, and Nathan der Weise (1779). He is noted for his criticism of French classical dramatists, and for his treatise on aesthetics Laokoon (1766)
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