LESSING, Doris. The Golden Notebook.

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LESSING, Doris The Golden Notebook. London: Michael Joseph, 1962.

8vo., original black cloth, spine lettered in gilt; original iconic yellow dust wrapper designed by William Belcher with author's photograph to lower cover; pp.568; endpapers lightly offset, spine ends a tad compresed, with light scratching to upper edge; else a near-fine copy in the very good dust jacket, which has a couple of small stains, creasing and nicking/chipping to spine tips; small abraison to front flap fold, and a couple of small biro marks to the spine.
First edition. of the Nobel prize winner's masterpiece, which explores mental and societal breakdown. The Golden Notebook contains powerful anti-war and anti-Stalinist messages, an extended analysis of communism, and a famed examination of the budding sexual and women's liberation movements. As Anthony Burgess writes in Ninety-nine Novels, "The Golden Notebook has, with all its faults, significance as the most massive statement made, up to that time, on the position of woman in the modern world."