African Laughter: Four Visits to Zimbabwe.London: Harper Collins, 1992 Stock Code: 131210
First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to her former publisher Tom Maschler on the half-title: "Tom - Love Doris L. 27th Feb 1993". Tom Maschler (born 1933) was head of the publishing company Jonathan Cape, which published several of Lessing's books, and was a highly influential figure in 20th-century literature, launching the careers of various writers including Ian McEwan, Bruce Chatwin, Cliva James, and Edna O'Brien; fifteen of his authors were awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He additionally has the honour of conceiving the Booker Prize, and for having introduced his friend Quentin Blake to Roald Dahl. This copy has his bookplate, designed by Quentin Blake, to the front pastedown. African Laughter recounts the visits Lessing made to Zimbabwe in 1982, 1988, 1989 and 1992, after being banned from the former Southern Rhodesia for 25 years for her opposition to white minority rule.
Octavo. Original grey cloth, spine lettered in gilt. With the dust jacket.
A fine copy.
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