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Memorable Manitobans: Adele Wiseman (1928-1992)

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Born at Winnipeg in 1928 to parents who were Jewish immigrants from Ukraine, she was educated at St. John’s High School and the University of Manitoba, receiving from the latter a BA degree in 1949. While employed as a social worker, she began writing. Her first novel was The Sacrifice, published in 1956 and the recipient of the Governor General’s Award for fiction. It recounted the travails of a Jewish patriarch in Winnipeg against a setting of immigration and the garment trade. Crackpot (1974) also dealt with Jewish themes and was set in Winnipeg’s North End during the Depression. The protagonist was a prostitute and the style was satirical. Never a prolific writer, Wiseman published much of her work privately or in journals. She was a close friend of Margaret Laurence, and their correspondence, edited by John Lennox and Ruth Panofsky, was published as Selected Letters of Margaret Laurence and Adele Wiseman (1997).

Sources:

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 June 2022

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