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Doris Lessing's two short novels A Home for the Highland Cattle, a wry portrait of African settler society, and The Antheap, set in the gold fields of the former Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), were originally published in Five (1953), a collection of Lessing's shorter fictional works.
This Broadview edition includes both novels, as well as a critical introduction and a rich selection of primary source material, such as excerpts from interviews with Doris Lessing, short fiction by contemporary African women writers, reviews, and historical documents focussing on race and socio-economic conditions in the former Southern Rhodesia.
“Reading Doris Lessing's A Home for the Highland Cattle and The Antheap in Jean Pickering's splendid new edition of these two short novels is a joy. It is a pleasure to have the novels back in print, and Pickering's appendices wonderfully contextualize these works for the twenty-first century reader. I especially appreciate the inclusion of stories by black African women writers Mabel Dove Danquah and Efua Sutherland, well-chosen historical documents from the 1920s and the 1940s, and the 1952 African Affairs report on Southern Rhodesia. I consider this volume a must read.” - Ruth O. Saxton, Mills College
Jean Pickering is a Professor of English at California State University, Fresno. She is the author of Understanding Doris Lessing (University of South Carolina Press, 1990).
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Doris Lessing: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text
A Home for the Highland Cattle
A. Excerpts from reprinted interviews:
- "Interview with Doris Lessing." Roy Newquist. Counterpoint (1964).
- "An Interview with Doris Lessing." Eve Bertelson. Journal of Commonwealth Literature (1986)
- "The Art of Fiction...: Doris Lessing." Thomas Frick. The Paris Review (1988)
C. Stories by Contemporary African Women Writers
- Mabel Dove Danquah "Anticipation"
- Efua Sutherland "New Life at Kyerefaso"
D. Historical Documents
- Three miners' letters
- The Empire Settlement Act of 1922
- Ethel Tawse Jollie, The Real Rhodesia
- "The Colour Bar": Letter to the Editor, The Manchester Guardian
- Report on Urban conditions in Southern Rhodesia
- Report of the Commission of Enquiry regarding the Social Welfare of the Coloured
- Community of Southern Rhodesia
- Godfrey Huggins, "Southern Rhodesia"
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A Home for the Highland Cattle & The Antheap
2003 • 202pp • Paperback • 9781551113630 / 1551113635