Margaret Laurence

Margaret Laurence (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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New Perspectives on Margaret Laurence: Poetic Narrative, Multiculturalism, and Feminism
Greta M. K. McCormick Coger.
Greenwood Press, 1996
The Dominion of Women: The Personal and the Political in Canadian Women's Literature
Wayne Fraser.
Greenwood Press, 1991
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "'A Canadian Theme . . . Just as Much a Personal Theme': Margaret Laurence, Canada and the 1960s"
From the Hearth to the Open Road: A Feminist Study of Aging in Contemporary Literature
Barbara Frey Waxman.
Greenwood Press, 1990
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Margaret Laurence begins on p. 157
African Interests: White Liberalism and Resistance in Margaret Laurence's "Pure Diamond Man"
Eustace, John C.
International Fiction Review, Vol. 30, No. 1-2, January 2003
Reading Together and Apart: Feminism And/versus Ethnicity in Margaret Laurence and Margaret Atwood: A Conversation
Lynn Z. Bloom, and others.
American Review of Canadian Studies, Vol. 29, No. 1, Spring 1999
Temples and Tabernacles: Alternative Religions in the Fictional Microcosms of Robertson Davies, Margaret Laurence, and Alice Munro
Stovel, Nora Foster.
International Fiction Review, Vol. 31, No. 1-2, January 2004
Faith of a (Woman) Writer
Alice Kessler-Harris; William McBrien.
Greenwood Press, 1988
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "Margaret Atwood, Margaret Laurence, and Their Nineteenth-Century Forerunners"
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