The Fifth Child

by Lessing, Doris

Doris Lessing was born of British parents in Persia, in 1919, and moved with her family to Southern Rhodesia when she was five years old. She went to England in 1949 and has lived there ever since. She is the author of more than thirty books—novels, stories, reportage, poems, and plays. In 2007, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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THE FIFTH CHILD

by Doris Lessing

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1988
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New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1988. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Very Good+ in a Very Good+ dust jacket. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Original unclipped dust jacket protected by archival Brodart cover. All domestic orders shipped protected in a Box. .
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FIFTH CHILD

by Lessing Doris

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1988
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New York: Alfred Knopf, 1988. First edition. Hardcover. Very Good/very good. First American edition. A 133 pp novel by the author of the Children of Violence series of books. Quarter cloth over boards. A very good copy in unclipped dustwrapper. SIGNED by Lessing on the title page.
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NY: Knopf, 1988. First US edition, first prnt. Signed by Lessing on the title page. Beginning foxing on foreedge and topedge; dustjacket with interior edge toning (not apparent on the outside) and minimal rubbing on rear panel. Tight copy in Very Good condition in a Very Good dustjacket with an archival cover. Lessing's ninth novel; her seventh without a pseudonym..… Read more
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KNOPF. KNOPF, NEW YORK, 1988. UNCORRECTED PROOF IN PRINTED GREEN WRAPPERS. PUBLISHER STAPLED CATALOG COPY TO THE INSIDE FRONT COVER AND PASTED PUB DATE INFO TO FRONT: REVIEWER'S MARKS THROUGHOUT TEXT.
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London: Jonathan Cape, 1988. The story is about a family's fifth child who is dramatically different from the four older siblings. A Lessing horror story. 133 pp. Tail of spine is ever so slightly rubbed, book is very slightly cocked. Priceclipped DJ has closed tear/ chip at head of spine. Bookseller's Inventory # 133489.. First… Read more
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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988. Octavo, cloth-backed boards. First edition. Preceded the British Jonathan Cape edition. Horror. A family's fifth child is a monster. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 4A-166. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#3304)
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The Fifth Child

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The Fifth Child.

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The Fifth Child

by LESSING, Doris

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The Fifth Child

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THE FIFTH CHILD

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Fifth Child

by Doris Lessing

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The Fifth Child

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THE FIFTH CHILD

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New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1988. First Edition . Hardcover. Fine/Fine. In the unconstrained atmosphere of England in the late 1960s, Harriet and David Lovatt, an upper-middle-class couple, face a frightening vicissitude. As the days' events take a dark and ugly turn nearing apocalyptic intensity, the Lovatts' guarded contentedness and view of the world as a benign… Read more
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The Fifth Child

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The Fifth Child

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The Fifth Child

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The Fifth Child

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The Fifth Child

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THE FIFTH CHILD

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The Fifth Child

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New York: Vintage International, 1989. Later printing. Paperback. New. 133pp. [20.5 cm] Illustrated wraps. From the publisher: "Doris Lessing's contemporary gothic horror story—centered on the birth of a baby who seems less than human—probes society's unwillingness to recognize its own brutality.Harriet and David Lovatt, parents of four children, have created an idyll of domestic bliss in defiance of… Read more
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