Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Laurence, Margaret
Birth Name: Jean Margaret Wemyss
Nickname: Peggy Wemyss
was a mid-twentieth-century Canadian who began to publish while resident in Africa, putting her gift at the service of preserving oral folk literature through translation and adaptation. Already a journalist, she next turned her hand to essays, short stories, and travel writing. She is best known for her series of Manawaka novels: explorations of the lives of women from a closely imagined prairie community, whose experience takes in the whole span of her century.
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From 1957 she attended Victoria College
, University of Toronto
. Canadian publishing and the arts in Canada, broadly considered, had not yet recovered from the second world war. There were no cheap reprints of...
Catharine Parr Traill
's legacy to later Canadian writers is evident in Margaret Laurence
's The Diviners where Morag, the writer-heroine, imagines dialogues with Saint Catharine. Morag, who lives and writes on Rice Lake (as did...
For years Robert Weaver
producer, was AM
's only friend in the literary world. In the late 1970s she bonded with Margaret Laurence
(with whom, a few years earlier, she had differed when...
In 1960 EW
began a long correspondence with Margaret Laurence
that lasted until her own death. Laurence, as an emerging writer, immensely valued the friendship, and wrote, I was starved for the company of other...
Canadian novelist Margaret Laurence
signals the literary bent of her protagonist Morag Gunn in The Diviners by having Morag object to the sexist condescension conveyed by Donne's For God's sake hold your tongue and let...
After her return to Huron County in 1975, AM
became embroiled in cultural politics. Her Lives of Girls and Women was banned from a high school in Peterborough, Ontario, as immoral in early 1976...
She found it hard to combine a literary career with raising her daughters, but her husband
encouraged her because he believ[ed she] was a writer.
Blain, Virginia, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford, 1990.
, already an established author, tried, but without...
Questioned about the number of older, female protagonists, MA
denied that any homage was intended to Margaret Laurence
's The Stone Angel, and maintained that about half her narrators were male, but they passed...
Although contemporaneous with other Canadian authors who spent long periods abroad, including Margaret Laurence
, Mordecai Richler
, and Norman Levine
, MGhas come to seem the complete expatriate in ways these others have...
has provided many introductions and paratexts for the work of other writers in poetry and prose, including an afterword for Margaret Laurence
's A Jest of God, reprinted in the New Canadian Library...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text
She looks at what she calls the Grey Owl
Syndrome—the envy and appropriation by white writers of native identity; at the web of stories surrounding the last expedition of Sir John Franklin