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Recommended Stories. Sign in. Get the best of The New Yorker in your in-box every day. From the book jacket: The Diaries of Jane Somers , first published pseudonymously and separately as The Diary of a Good Neighbour and If The Old Could , appear here in one volume for the first time under Doris Lessing's name, together with a new preface by the author.
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While marking a return to the most realistic subject matter of Doris Lessing's early fiction, they are also a provocative new departure. At the centre of both novels is attractive, intelligent magazine editor Jane Somers, whose wry perception informs and animates every page.
The Diaries of Jane Somers: The Diary of a Good Neighbor and If The Old Could
Jane was an ambitious journalist concerned with success, clothes and comfort when her life changed. Her husband died, then her mother.
Suddenly understanding her real inadequacy, Jane becomes deeply committed to the very old and deprived, making particular friends with one old woman, Maudie, whose life has been all struggle and poverty. The Diaries of Jane Somers is actually 2 short novels, written by famous author Doris Lessing under the pen name of Jane Somers as part of an experiment to see if her writing could get published Doris Lessing is one of the most important writers of the twentieth century and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature Her first novel, 'The Grass is Singing', was published in She has also published two volumes of her autobiography, 'Under my Skin' and 'Walking in the Shade'.