The Cleft

TitleThe Cleft
Year for Search2007
AuthorsLessing, Doris [May](1919-2013)
Date Published2007
PublisherFourth Estate
Place PublishedLondon
KeywordsEnglish author, Female author
Annotation

Novel of prehistory with eutopian elements. An isolated, simple, eutopian, all female society where women who give birth solely to female children suddenly begin to produce Monsters (men). The story is told from the point of view of a man in classical Rome many centuries later and traces the relations of the women and the men as they adjust to each other. 

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Author Note

The English female author (1919-2013) was born in Persia, now Iran, and lived in what was then Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, for many years. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2007.

Full Text

2007 Lessing, Doris [May] (1919-2013). The Cleft. London: Fourth Estate. PSt

Novel of prehistory with eutopian elements. An isolated, simple, eutopian, all female society where women who give birth solely to female children suddenly begin to produce Monsters (men). The story is told from the point of view of a man in classical Rome many centuries later and traces the relations of the women and the men as they adjust to each other. The English female author was born in Persia, now Iran, and lived in what was then Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, for many years. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2007.