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Margaret Laurence : the making of a writer

Author: Donez Xiques
Publisher: Toronto ; Tonawanda, NY : Dundurn Press, ©2005.
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"Margaret Laurence: The Making of a Writer is an engaging narrative that contains new and important findings about Laurence's life and career. This biography reveals the challenges, successes, and failures of the long apprenticeship that preceded the publication of The Stone Angel, Laurence's first commercially successful novel." "Donez Xiques demonstrates the importance of Margaret Laurence's early work as a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographie
Biographies
Named Person: Margaret Laurence; Margaret Laurence; Margaret Laurence; Margaret Laurence; Laurence, Margaret <1926-1987>; Margaret Laurence
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Donez Xiques
ISBN: 9781550025798 1550025791
OCLC Number: 61258801
Description: 408 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Landscape of the Heart --
A Bird in the House --
The Magic of Writing --
Hitler in Manitoba: The High School Years --
The College Years --
Journalism --
New Territory --
Heart of a Stranger --
Stolen Time --
Uncertain Alchemy --
Introduction to appendices: Three Stories by Margaret Laurence --
Mrs. Cathcart, In and Out of Purdah --
A Fable --
For the Whaling Fleets --
A Queen in Thebes.
Responsibility: Donez Xiques.
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"Margaret Laurence: The Making of a Writer is an engaging narrative that contains new and important findings about Laurence's life and career. This biography reveals the challenges, successes, and failures of the long apprenticeship that preceded the publication of The Stone Angel, Laurence's first commercially successful novel." "Donez Xiques demonstrates the importance of Margaret Laurence's early work as a journalist in her development as a writer and covers her return to Canada from Africa in the late 1950s. She details the significance of Laurence's "Vancouver years" as well as the challenges of her year in London prior to settling at Elm Cottage in Buckinghamshire, when Laurence stood on the verge of success." "The Margaret Laurence known to most people is a public figure of the 1960s and 1970s: matriarchal, matronly, and accomplished. The story of her early years in the harsh setting of the Canadian Prairies during the 1930s - years of drought and the Great Depression - and of her African years has never before been chronicled with the thoroughness and vividness that Xiques provides for the reader." "Appended to this powerful new biography is a short story by Margaret Laurence that has never before been published and two other stories that have not been widely available. They indicate the range of her concerns and show a marked departure from her fiction in The Tomorrow-Tamer and Other Stories and A Bird in the House."--Jacket.

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