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Dance on the Earth: a Memoir

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In a writing career spanning nearly three decades, Margaret Laurence became one of the most celebrated and widely read authors in the world.

In this, her final work, Margaret Laurence reveals the story of her fascinating life, the process of her writing, and the people and emotional journeys which accompanied it. She relates her experiences living in different cultures; the
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 26th 1998 by McClelland & Stewart (first published 1989)
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Nov 04, 2016 Vontel rated it really liked it
I chose to reread this book after a mention of it at a celebration of life this summer. It is probably 20 years since I first read it. It is an excellent memoir written by a outstanding author who happened to be Canadian. She describes many of her influences, challenges and support through family and some friends; and her compulsion to be a writer, as well as a wife and mother, at a time when few women were able to contemplate doing both.

The stories of how her various books came to be are fasci
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Sep 10, 2016 Elaine Cougler rated it it was amazing
Dance on the Earth: a Memoir by Margaret Laurence. Written as Laurence's last gift to a world she was soon to leave, this remembrance encapsulates the Laurence philosophy which so successfully permeated her books for so many years. The personal references are included to illumine her shining zeal for this good earth, and are never too personal or included at the expense of the privacy of her family or friends. The book ends with a treasury of poems and letters, personal yet of worldly ...more
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Jun 29, 2013 Paula Dembeck rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book.

Laurence approaches the task of telling us about her life through what she describes as the "gifts" of three women she loved dearly and were role models for her during her lifetime: her biological mother who died when she was four, her Aunt Margaret who eventually became her "other mother" when she married her widowed father and her mother-in-law.

This was the last book Laurence wrote and it was published posthumously. She died at the age of sixty with advanced stage f
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Margaret Laurence led a quite conventional life at least as depicted in her autobiography. She was raised by three mothers, one an aunt , one a grandmother and her own mother who died young. She lived through WW, depression and poverty as a child. Her spirit was always strong and independent. She knew early on that she would be a writer and followed her vision. She married in her twenties and spent years following her husband to various work locations, some in Africa. She talks about the ...more
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Margaret Laurence was born Jean Margaret Wemyss on July 18, 1926 in the prairie town of Neepawa, Manitoba, Canada. Both of her parents passed away in her childhood, and Laurence was raised by her aunt and maternal grandfather.

Laurence decided in childhood that she wanted to be a writer, and began writing stories in elementary school. Her professional writing career began in 1943 with a job at the
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“Women, as well as men, in all ages and in all places, have danced on the earth, danced the life dance, danced joy, danced grief, danced despair, and danced hope. Literally and metaphorically, by their very lives.” 3 likes
“The struggle is not lost. I believe we have to live, as long as we live, in the expectation and hope of changing the world for the better. That may sound naive. It may even sound sentimental. Never mind: I believe it. What are we to live for, except life itself? And, with all our doubts, with all our flaws, with all our problems, I believe that we will carry on, with God's help.” 0 likes
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