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The Life Of Margaret Laurence

by James King

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list price: $21
edition:Paperback
published: 1998
ISBN:9780676971293
publisher: Knopf Canada
imprint: Vintage Canada
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The magnificent and long-awaited biography of the beloved writer who gave us the Manawaka novels, including The Diviners and The Stone Angel.

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Contributor notes

James King's previous books include The Last Modern: A Life of Herbert Read, which was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award, William Blake: His Life, and Virginia Woolf. He is currently writing a biography of Jack McClelland, to be published by Knopf Canada in 1999. He lives in Dundas, Ontario.

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Editorial Review

"A moving portrait of a troubled, passionate individual." -The Toronto Star
"King has created a Laurence who is reminiscent of her own fictional heroes--strong, vulnerable and full of life-affirming spirit." -The Calgary Herald
"A fascinating story, emotional and perplexing, and one sharply etched by both tragedy and triumph." -The London Free Press
"King's stirring, compassionate biography will inspire many readers to return to the unforgettable characters and moments Margaret Laurence left behind in her fiction." -The Hamilton Spectator
"King's is a full and fascinating book: as a narrative; as a rich view of the landscape of Canadian writing and publishing; and as an account of the complex forces that shaped Laurence's remarkable body of fiction and its tormented heroines." Quill & Quire

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About the Author

James King

James King is the author of six novels and ten biographies, including books on David Milne, William Blake, Margaret Laurence, Jack McClelland, Farley Mowat, and Lawren Harris. His biography of Herbert Read, The Last Modern, was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award. A fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, James lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

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