Margaret Laurence

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Laurence, Margaret

(Jean Margaret Laurence), 1926–87, Canadian novelist, b. Manitoba. She lived in Somaliland, Ghana, and England and many of her early works had an African setting. Laurence was particularly concerned with character, and her writings usually focused on women struggling to overcome the limitations of small town life. Among her novels are This Side Jordan (1960), The Stone Angel (1964), A Jest of God (1966), upon which the film Rachel, Rachel (1968) was based, The Fire-Dwellers (1969), and The Diviners (1974). In addition, Laurence published works on African literature, notably A Tree for Poverty (1954), a collection of Somali folktales and poetry, and Long Drums and Cannons: Nigerian Dramatists and Novelists (1968), a critical evaluation.


See her Dance on the Earth: A Memoir (1989).

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The hoop hangs on a framed print from the Writers' Trust of Canada that is signed by Margaret Laurence, Margaret Atwood, Pierre Berton and Graeme Gibson.
Laurence, Margaret and I took a taxi to the Ubiquitous Chip (a restaurant in Glasgow's west end), joined the others - Mark McManus, Neil Duncan, Tom Watson, Anne Kidd and Gerard Kelly were there.
In it, Engel enthusiastically corresponds with a Who's Who of Canadian literature: Margaret Laurence, Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, Timothy Findley, Hugh MacLennan, Bob Weaver and Jack McClelland, among others.