Laurence, Margaret


Laurence, Margaret
orig. Jean Margaret Wemyss

born July 18, 1926, Neepawa, Man., Can.
died Jan. 5, 1987, Lakefield, Ont.

Canadian writer.

She lived in Africa with her engineer husband in the 1950s; her experiences there provided material for her early works. She is best known for depicting the lives of women struggling for self-realization in the male-dominated world of western Canada. Her works include the novels The Stone Angel (1964), A Jest of God (1966), and The Fire-Dwellers (1969) and the stories collected in A Bird in the House (1970) and The Diviners (1974). In the 1970s she turned to writing children's books.

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▪ Canadian writer
née Wemys
born July 18, 1926, Neepawa, Man., Can.
died Jan. 5, 1987, Lakefield, Ont.

      Canadian writer whose novels portray strong women striving for self-realization while immersed in the daily struggle to make a living in a male-dominated world.

      Her first publications reflect her life with her engineer husband (later divorced) in Somaliland (1950–52) and Ghana (1952–57). Her first novel, This Side Jordan (1960), dealt with how old colonials and native Africans suffered through the exchange of power as Ghana became a nation. The Prophet's Camel Bell (1963; also published as New Wind in a Dry Land) is an account of her life in Africa. The Tomorrow-Tamer (1963) is a collection of African stories.

      Laurence's next three novels were set in Canada and were woman-centred. In The Stone Angel (1964), an ancient prairie woman tells her life struggles. A Jest of God (1966; made into the motion picture Rachel, Rachel in 1968) and The Fire Dwellers (1969) are about two sisters, a Manitoba schoolteacher and a Vancouver housewife, each trying to achieve personal fulfillment. After her fifth and sixth novels, The Diviners (1974) and Heart of a Stranger (1977), Laurence turned to writing children's stories.

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