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1 audio cassette
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Margaret Laurence, noted Canadian author, was born Jean Margaret Wemyss in Neepawa, Manitoba on 18 July 1926. She was educated at the University of Manitoba. In 1947 she married John Laurence and they had two children, Jocelyn and David. In 1949, they moved to England and then Africa, where they lived in Somalia and Ghana. The Laurences separated in 1962, and divorced in 1969. During this time she returned to Canada, living in Vancouver, before going back to England, first to London, and then to Elm Cottage in Buckinghamshire. In the early 1970s, she accepted a position of writer-in-residence at the University of Toronto, and settled in Lakefield, Ontario. In 1986, she was diagnosed with lung cancer and passed away, in her home in Lakefield, 5 January 1987.
Laurence twice won the Governor General's Award for fiction, as well as many other literary awards. Her best known works are The Stone Angel (1964), A Jest of God (1966), The Fire Dwellers (1969), A Bird in the House (1970), The Diviners (1974 and many others). Her memoirs, Dance on the Earth, were published posthumously.
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The first accrual is arranged into the following series: manuscripts; reviews, other printed material.
The second accrual consists of manuscripts.
The third accrual consists of short stories.
The fourth consists of a scrapbook and poster.
The fifth accrual is arranged into the following series: manuscripts; journals; correspondence, publications, research files.
The sixth accrual consists of correspondence.
The seventh accrual consists of typescripts of Dance on the Earth.
The eighth accrual consists of correspondence and the typescript of a speech.
The ninth accrual is a mimeograph ts., "The Christmas Story".
The tenth accrual consists primarily of letters to Lois Wilson, including Laurence's instructions concerning her own funeral service and burial.
The eleventh accrual consists of two letters from Laurence to Jacqueline Hooper and a photograph of Laurence in Buckinghamshire.
The twelfth accrual consists of a letter from Laurence to Louise Boyd and a paperback book.
The thirteenth accrual consists of a letter from Laurence to Beverley June Linklater.
The fourteenth accrual is arranged into the following series: passports and address book; correspondence; business and personal documents; creative works and documents pertaining to other writers; agreements, permissions and contracts.
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First accrual: excised portions (lined through) of The Diviners manuscript (box 3) are never to be published or printed, including in review articles or critical articles.
Fifth accrual (boxes 6, 7 8): access to this accrual is restricted until the end of the year 2022. Prior to that date, access is permitted only to scholars who are graduate students, have doctoral degrees or are faculty members at a recognized college or university. Researchers wishing to access the fifth accrual must comply with the rules of access and complete an "Application to use the Laurence Journals and Manuscripts". For a copy of the Application, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The copying of material in the fifth accrual is not permitted.
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- Laurence, Margaret (Creator)