The Stone Angel, by Margaret Laurence (Toronto, London and New York, 1964), is the first of Laurence's "Manawaka" novels. Hagar Shipley relives her life by narrating memories as she battles to come to terms with herself before she dies. Hagar at 90 is a proud, powerful, tyrannical woman suffering the indignities of old age. The Stone Angel is shaped by the alternating rhythms of Hagar's voice, searching through her past and returning to her present condition; her widely ranging tones reveal the labyrinths of her pride. Hagar's character and voice are justly praised as Laurence's most inspired creations. As she tells her story, Hagar also looks back to Manawaka (a fictionalized small town that Laurence has placed in Manitoba), recalling and recreating the effects of the town's constricting mores and her own family's position in the rigid hierarchy of Manawaka's deeply puritan society. Many readers find Hagar to be a rich fictional composite of actual women's lives in small towns on the Prairies. The Stone Angel has been translated into French, as L'Ange de pierre (Montréal, 1976), and into German.
- MLA 8TH EDITION
- Besner, Neil. "The Stone Angel". The Canadian Encyclopedia, 04 March 2015, Historica Canada. www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/the-stone-angel. Accessed 11 December 2023.
- APA 6TH EDITION
- Besner, N. (2015). The Stone Angel. In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/the-stone-angel
- CHICAGO 17TH EDITION
- Besner, Neil. "The Stone Angel." The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Article published February 07, 2006; Last Edited March 04, 2015.
- TURABIAN 8TH EDITION
- The Canadian Encyclopedia, s.v. "The Stone Angel," by Neil Besner, Accessed December 11, 2023, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/the-stone-angel
The Stone Angel
Article by Neil Besner
Published Online February 7, 2006
Last Edited March 4, 2015