She was known as "Peggy" during her childhood.
Harvard Square Library Margaret Laurence Margaret Laurence July 18, January 5,a much-loved Canadian author, was one of the great novelists of the twentieth century.
Her stories feature strong women and their struggles for self-understanding and acceptance. She was known for her outspoken support of peace, women's rights, and other progressive causes.
Verna died when Peggy was four years old, and Robert, after an interval, married his late wife's sister, Margaret Campbell Simpson. He died when Peggy was ten. Her stepmother, a teacher and a librarian, was a comfort in her childhood and was always one of her "greatest encouragers.
In her book, A Bird in the House,he is portrayed as a tyrannical autocrat. Later in life she commented, "I hated him for a long time, even after his death.
Now I have a kind of respect and admiration for him. She wrote throughout high school and college. Before receiving any recognition, she worked at a long time at her craft. Here she met Jack Laurence, a hydraulic engineer, whom she married in Her first jobs were in journalism, writing for The Westerner, a Communist newspaper, and the Winnipeg Citizen, a labor daily.
The Laurences moved to England inand then to British Somaliland where Jack worked on building dams and Peggy immersed herself in West African literature. Her first published work was a translation of Somali prose and poetry, A Tree for Poverty, In they had a second child, David, born in Ghana.
The books that first brought Laurence recognition came out of her African experience. After leaving Africa in Laurence wrote three further books from her experience there: The Laurence family next lived in Vancouver, British Columbia, Here they joined the Unitarian Church.
The church used the story long after Laurence left. Much later, when she published her tale, The Christmas Birthday Story,she sent a copy to the Vancouver Unitarian Church with a cordial letter crediting them for having "first inspired her" to write the story.A Bird in the House is a series of eight interconnected short stories narrated by Vanessa MacLeod as she matures from a child at age ten into a young woman at age twenty.
Wise for her years, Vanessa reveals much about the adult world in which she lives. An Analysis of A Bird in the House by Margaret Laurence.
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Laurence published Prophet’s Camel Bell(), a memoir of her life in Somaliland, the Manawaka novels, A Bird in the House (), a collection of linked stories set in Manitoba.
Her book, Long Drums and Cannons () is a critical study of Nigerian writing in English. Comparative Essay - A Bird in the House and A Jest of God One of the harsh realities of life is death. In A Bird in the House and A Jest of God, Margaret Laurence realizes the death of a loved one, the 'death of a dream', and the death of a .