Margaret Laurence was born 18 July 1926, and died 5 January 1987
- When I say ‘work’ I only mean writing. Everything else is just odd jobs.
- This is part of what writers do. They speak for people who cannot speak for themselves.
- People have been saying the novel is dead for a long, long time. As far as I’m concerned, it’s still extremely alive. It simply finds new forms.
- I hope that a sense of love does come across. If it does, it’s because what I feel most of all when I’m writing my books is that each individual human being has great value. Each person is unique and irreplaceable. They matter. Of course, that is a very Western world outlook. But it’s profoundly my own
- In a sense writing a novel is a sort of discovery. You know more or less where you’re headed but everything could change in the doing of it. And, you know, you can be very surprised.
Laurence was a Canadian novelist and short story writer. She is also a founder of the Writers’ Trust of Canada.
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