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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Margaret Laurence: Selected full-text books and articles

Updating Critical Spaces: Margaret Laurence and Her Work By Irvine, Lorna English Studies in Canada, Vol. 32, No. 2-3, June-September 2006
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Great American Writers: Twentieth Century By R. Baird Shuman Marshall Cavendish, vol.6, 2002
Librarian’s tip: "Margaret Laurence" begins on p. 819
Margaret Laurence: The Woman and the Masks By Stovel, Nora Foster Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 45, No. 4, December 2012
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The Four Points of Margaret's Compass: An Appreciation of Novelist Margaret Laurence By Thomas, John D Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol. 30, No. 4, Winter 1996
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The Dominion of Women: The Personal and the Political in Canadian Women's Literature By 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"
African Interests: White Liberalism and Resistance in Margaret Laurence's "Pure Diamond Man" By Eustace, John C International Fiction Review, Vol. 30, No. 1-2, January 2003
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Reading Together and Apart: Feminism And/versus Ethnicity in Margaret Laurence and Margaret Atwood: A Conversation By Lynn Z. Bloom, and others American Review of Canadian Studies, Vol. 29, No. 1, Spring 1999
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From the Hearth to the Open Road: A Feminist Study of Aging in Contemporary Literature By Barbara Frey Waxman Greenwood Press, 1990
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Margaret Laurence begins on p. 157
Close Encounters: Margaret Laurence and Chinua Achebe By Thomas, Clara Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol. 32, No. 1, Spring 1997
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Temples and Tabernacles: Alternative Religions in the Fictional Microcosms of Robertson Davies, Margaret Laurence, and Alice Munro By Stovel, Nora Foster International Fiction Review, Vol. 31, No. 1-2, January 2004
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Faith of a (Woman) Writer By Alice Kessler-Harris; William McBrien Greenwood Press, 1988
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "Margaret Atwood, Margaret Laurence, and Their Nineteenth-Century Forerunners"
Mourning Becomes Margaret: Laurence's Farewell to Fiction By Stovel, Nora Foster Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol. 34, No. 4, Winter 2000
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