The magnificent and long-awaited biography of the beloved writer who gave us the Manawaka novels, including The Diviners and The Stone Angel.
James King's previous books include The Last Modern: A Life of Herbert Read, which was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award, William Blake: His Life, and Virginia Woolf. He is currently writing a biography of Jack McClelland, to be published by Knopf Canada in 1999. He lives in Dundas, Ontario.
"A moving portrait of a troubled, passionate individual." -The Toronto Star
"King has created a Laurence who is reminiscent of her own fictional heroes--strong, vulnerable and full of life-affirming spirit." -The Calgary Herald
"A fascinating story, emotional and perplexing, and one sharply etched by both tragedy and triumph." -The London Free Press
"King's stirring, compassionate biography will inspire many readers to return to the unforgettable characters and moments Margaret Laurence left behind in her fiction." -The Hamilton Spectator
"King's is a full and fascinating book: as a narrative; as a rich view of the landscape of Canadian writing and publishing; and as an account of the complex forces that shaped Laurence's remarkable body of fiction and its tormented heroines." Quill & Quire