Jenny Diski (3069 words)

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Jenny Diski has established herself as one of the most versatile prose writers of her generation. She was born Jennifer Simmonds in London in 1947; her parents, descendents of Jewish immigrants to England, lead a tumultuous marriage that resulted in her father’s permanent absence. Following a drug overdose in 1961 that provided her with a first personal experience with British psychiatric institutions, she spent four years living with writer Doris Lessing, whose son she knew from school; Lessing and Diski rarely discuss their relationship. Later, Diski worked as a teacher in Hackney before becoming a full-time writer; she has one ex-husband and one daughter. She continued living in London until her move, entirely for romantic …

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Bayer, Gerd. "Jenny Diski". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 February 2009
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