TORONTO — Margaret Laurance, a novelist and short story writer considered a significant influence on Canada's literary community, died Jan. 5 of cancer.
Mrs. Laurence was 60 and died at her home in Lakefield, Ontario, a village of 2,400 about 90 miles northeast of Toronto, a funeral home spokesman said.
"No writer ever did more for a country than Margaret Laurence did for ours," said Robert Fulford, one of her friends and editor of Saturday Night magazine. "She was absolutely crucial to the development of our literature."
Mrs. Laurence, who won acclaim with her novels of small-town life on Canada's prairies, was born in the country in Neepawa, Manitoba.