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.

Bibliography

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

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When it was published in 2008, a review in The Globe and Mail made comparisons to Alice Munro and Margaret Laurence, calling the book one of Canada's finest coming-of-age stories.
The fiction of Margaret Laurence, Canada's foundational
Focusing on Canadian women writers and cosmopolitanism, publishing houses and critics are regarded as agents to create the necessary background for alien texts to be welcomed in translation in Nieves Pascual's chapter: "Cosmopolitans at Home: The Spanishness of Canadian Women Writers." Her engaging insight makes clear that Margaret Laurence, Michael Ondaatje, Carol Shields and Margaret Atwood's works are some of the most widespread in Spain.
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There is also a gem of a chapter entitled "The Canadian Collar," in which Sorensen examines portrayals of clergy life in Margaret Laurence, Robertson Davies, Alice Munro, Warren Cariou and others--a study that fills a gap in Canadian literary analysis.
28,1952, to an engineer father (Jack Laurence) and a literary mother (author Margaret Laurence), Jocelyn grew up in Ghana, Canada and England.
Some of the best Canadian fiction, such as many of Margaret Laurence's novels, are overtly about Canadian identity; other novels, like Michael Ondaatje's masterpiece The Collected Works of Billy the Kid (1970), are preoccupied, either to a positive or a negative extent, with the United States; still other Canadian writers look to the wider world for their subject matter, such as David Bezmozgis, who writes about the late 20th-century immigrant experience.
Entries on Canadian novelists Margaret Laurence, Hugh MacLennan, and Alistair MacLeod discuss how the events of the Clearances have reverberated down the generations and coloured the thinking and the work of some of the best of Canadian literature, writing from the perspective of the immigrant who is caught between two worlds, haunted by a great sense of loss and exclusion.
The Margaret Laurence House in Neepawa, one of the provInce's best-known historic sites and museums, is in danger of closing in 2014 as the board continues to lose members.
This work analyzes autobiographical narratives written by Scottish writer Willa Muir, Canadian writer Margaret Laurence, and New Zealander Janet Frame.
Dangerous Writings: The Autobiographies of Willa Muir, Margaret Laurence and Janet Frame.
In a paper she gave at the first conference on Mennonite/s Writing in 1990, Canadian literary critic Clara Thomas declared that the work of Margaret Laurence was able to identify her to herself as the works of Rudy Wiebe were not able to do.

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