Margaret Laurence Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Margaret Laurence Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

The major emphasis of Margaret Laurence’s fiction changed considerably between her early and later works. In an article published in Canadian Literature in 1969, “Ten Years’ Sentences,” she notes that after she had grown out of her obsession with the nature of freedom, the theme of the African writings and The Stone Angel, her concern “had changed to that of survival, the attempt of the personality to survive with some dignity, toting the load of excess mental baggage that everyone carries.” In the same article, she remarks that she became increasingly involved with novels of character, that her viewpoint altered from modified optimism to modified pessimism, and that she had become more concerned with...

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