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Interview with an Icon, Part I

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. (- Margaret Laurence)

This video interview dates from 1966 when Margaret Laurence was 40 years old and on the verge of fame. The conversation ranges from the culture of independent, repressed Presbyterians to issues of Colonialism and African independence. She’s smoking, which would later kill her, but I loved seeing her at this stage of her life and relating to what she says about writing.

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