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The Stone Angel

The Stone Angel( )
Author: Laurence, Margaret
Dramatized by: Nichol, James W.
Narrated by: Donat, Richard
Gillis, Pauline
Wright, Janet
ISBN:978-0-86492-393-6
Publication Date:Mar 2004
Publisher:BTC Audiobooks
Book Format:CD-Audio
List Price:USD $24.95
Book Description:

This first of the five "Manawaka novels" (set in the fictional prairie town of Manawaka), the story of Hagar Shipley - whose rigid pride costs her everything she loves - has been taught in high school curricula in Canada for over twenty-five years and has never gone out of print. As the novel opens, the 90-year-old Hagar discovers that her middle-aged son Marvin and his fussy wife Doris intend to place her in a nursing home. Determined not to bend to anyone else's will, she ponders the...
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Book Details
Pages:1
Detailed Subjects: Drama / General
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.5 x 5 x 0.4 Inches
Book Weight:0.396 Pounds
Author Biography
Laurence, Margaret (Author)
Canadian author Margaret Laurence was born Jean Margaret Wemyss in Neepawa, Manitoba, Canada, on July 18, 1926. She attended United College (now the University of Winnipeg), receiving her B.A. in 1947. Shortly after graduation, she married Jack Laurence, a hydraulic engineer whose job would often take them overseas; the Laurences lived in England for a year, moved to British Somaliland in 1950, and then to Ghana in 1952.

It was in Africa that Laurence wrote her first book, A Tree for Poverty, which was a translation of Somali poetry and stories. She also wrote about her experiences in Somaliland in a travel memoir, The Prophet's Camel Bell, and used Africa as a setting for her first fictional work, a novel called This Side Jordan, and a collection of short stories, The Tomorrow Tamers. This Side Jordan received the 1961 Beta Sigma Phi Award for the best first novel by a Canadian.

Laurence is best known, however, for her Manawaka books, which are set in Canada. They include The Stone Angel, The Fire Dwellers House, A Bird in the House, A Jest of God, and The Diviners. The latter two books both received the Governor General's Award, in 1967 and 1975, respectively.

After living in Africa, England, and several other countries for many years, Laurence returned to Canada in 1974, settling in Lakefield, Ontario, where she remained until her death in 1987. The Energy Probe Research Foundation, an environmental organization for which she served as one of the directors, now sponsors the Margaret Laurence Fund for projects related to the environment and peace, areas in which Laurence was very active during the last decade of her life.

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