It’s been reported that more than 3,000 books from the personal collection of famed author and Nobel Prize winner for literature, Doris Lessing, have been donated to Zimbabwe’s Harare Library.
Lessing, who died in 2013, left the beneficiaries of her will to make decisions about her personal belongings, one of which was an impressive book collection. Harare city mayor, Bernard Manyenyeni, called the gift a “magnificent gesture” from a woman who had taken “her love for this country beyond her death.” He says, “We have every reason to feel special to have earned this much in her wishes – we are delighted and grateful as any city would be.”
During her life, Lessing fostered several programs in Zimbabwe to help aid literacy through studying and libraries. She lived in Zimbabwe from 1924 to 1949 when the country was known as Southern Rhodesia. She eventually returned in 1956, but was labeled a ‘prohibited migrant’ by the government for her left-wing political views and anti-settle sentiments.
According to her executors, Book Aid International, a supported charity of Lessing’s, will be helping to transport the donation to the Harare Library.