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Author photo. Peter Esterhazy, with kind permission of the Estate of Margaret Laurence.

Peter Esterhazy, with kind permission of the Estate of Margaret Laurence.

Margaret Laurence (1926–1987)

Author of The Stone Angel

Includes the names: Margaret Laurence, Margaret Lauerence

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Canadian author Margaret Laurence was born Jean Margaret Wemyss in Neepawa, Manitoba, Canada, on July 18, 1926. She attended United College (now the University of Winnipeg), receiving her B.A. in 1947. Shortly after graduation, she married Jack Laurence, a hydraulic engineer whose job would often take them overseas; the Laurences lived in England for a year, moved to British Somaliland in 1950, and then to Ghana in 1952. It was in Africa that Laurence wrote her first book, A Tree for Poverty, which was a translation of Somali poetry and stories. She also wrote about her experiences in Somaliland in a travel memoir, The Prophet's Camel Bell, and used Africa as a setting for her first fictional work, a novel called This Side Jordan, and a collection of short stories, The Tomorrow Tamers. This Side Jordan received the 1961 Beta Sigma Phi Award for the best first novel by a Canadian. Laurence is best known, however, for her Manawaka books, which are set in Canada. They include The Stone Angel, The Fire Dwellers House, A Bird in the House, A Jest of God, and The Diviners. The latter two books both received the Governor General's Award, in 1967 and 1975, respectively. After living in Africa, England, and several other countries for many years, Laurence returned to Canada in 1974, settling in Lakefield, Ontario, where she remained until her death in 1987. The Energy Probe Research Foundation, an environmental organization for which she served as one of the directors, now sponsors the Margaret Laurence Fund for projects related to the environment and peace, areas in which Laurence was very active during the last decade of her life. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from The Stone Angel… (more)
From Ink Lake: Canadian Stories (Contributor) 123 copies
The Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories in English (Contributor) 110 copies, 2 reviews
Women and Fiction: Volume 2 (Contributor) 72 copies
The New Oxford Book of Canadian Short Stories (Contributor) 71 copies, 1 review
Crackpot (Afterword, some editions) 71 copies, 2 reviews
The Canadian Children's Treasury (Contributor) 56 copies
Great Canadian Short Stories (Contributor) 53 copies
The Penguin Book of Modern Canadian Short Stories (Contributor) 12 copies, 1 review
Canada and the Nuclear Arms Race (Foreword, some editions) 11 copies
Rachel, Rachel [1968 film] (Based on A Jest of God) 6 copies
The Stone Angel [2007 film] (Original novel) 4 copies

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