LESSING, Doris. The Grass is Singing. London: Michael Joseph, 1950.
8vo., red/brown cloth boards lettered in yellow to spine; unclipped pictorial dust wrapper (9s. 6d. Net); pp. 256; boards a touch bumped to spine ends and sunned to edges; otherwise a bright and near-fine example, the jacket particularly well preserved, with some expert, and very minor, paper repairs to the folds.
First edition of Lessing's first book.
Lessing's first novel is set in her home country of Rhodesia under white rule, and concerns racial politics during the 1940s. The novel created a sensation when it was first published and became an instant success in Europe and the United States. The title was taken directly from T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land: "In this decayed hole among the mountains/ In the faint moonlight, the grass is singing."
Lessing also quotes an anonymous author: "It is by the failures and misfits of a civilization that one can best judge its weaknesses." (Epigraph, p.7).