Selected Letters of Margaret Laurence and Adele Wiseman

Edited by John Lennox and Ruth Panofsky

© 1997

Over a period of forty years, from 1947 to 1986, Margaret Laurence and Adele Wiseman wrote to each other constantly. The topics they wrote about were as wide-ranging as their interests and experiences, and their correspondence encompassed many of the varied events of their lives. Laurence's letters - of which far more are extant than Wisman's - reveal much about the impact of her years in Africa, motherhood, her anxieties and insecurities, and her developement as a writer. Wiseman, whose literary success came early in her career, provided a sympathetic ear and constant encouragement to Laurence.

The editors' selection has been directed by an interest in these women as friends and writers. Their experiences in the publishing world offer an engaging perspective on literary apprenticeship, rejection, and success. The letters reveal the important roles both women played in the buoyant cultural nationalism of the 1960s and 1970s.

This valuable collection of previously unpublished primary material will be essential to scholars working on Canadian literature and of great interest to the general reading. The introduction contextualizes the correspondence and the annotations to the letters help to clarify the text. The Laurence-Wiseman letters offer a fascinating glimpse into the lives and friendship of two remarkable women whose personal correspondence was written with verve, compassion, and wit.

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  • Series: Heritage
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 434 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.3in x 9.0in
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The correspondence between Margaret Laurence and Adele Wiseman covers a period of 40 years, from 1947-1986, and encompasses the professional and personal developments, accomplishments, disappointments, and satisfactions of that period.

Selected Letters of Margaret Laurence and Adele Wiseman

Edited by John Lennox and Ruth Panofsky

© 1997

Over a period of forty years, from 1947 to 1986, Margaret Laurence and Adele Wiseman wrote to each other constantly. The topics they wrote about were as wide-ranging as their interests and experiences, and their correspondence encompassed many of the varied events of their lives. Laurence's letters - of which far more are extant than Wisman's - reveal much about the impact of her years in Africa, motherhood, her anxieties and insecurities, and her developement as a writer. Wiseman, whose literary success came early in her career, provided a sympathetic ear and constant encouragement to Laurence.

The editors' selection has been directed by an interest in these women as friends and writers. Their experiences in the publishing world offer an engaging perspective on literary apprenticeship, rejection, and success. The letters reveal the important roles both women played in the buoyant cultural nationalism of the 1960s and 1970s.

This valuable collection of previously unpublished primary material will be essential to scholars working on Canadian literature and of great interest to the general reading. The introduction contextualizes the correspondence and the annotations to the letters help to clarify the text. The Laurence-Wiseman letters offer a fascinating glimpse into the lives and friendship of two remarkable women whose personal correspondence was written with verve, compassion, and wit.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Heritage
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 434 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.3in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    'The extraordinary and moving thing about these letters is their openness ... It was a remarkable friendship and this correspondence is a tribute to the two women, to their capacity for affection and empathy and to their sheer guts.'


    Joyce Marshall
    The Ottawa Citizen
  • Author Information

    John Lennox is a member of the Department of English and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at York University.



    Ruth Panofsky is a professor in the Department of English at Ryerson University.

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