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Selected Letters of Margaret Laurence and Adele Wiseman

(1997)
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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This valuable collection of previously unpublished primary material will be essential to scholars working on Canadian literature and of great interest to the general reading.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.

Genre: Historical

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Hardback Editions

October 1997 : Canada Hardback
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Title: Selected Letters of Laurence and Wiseman
Author(s): John/Ruth Lennox/Panofsky
ISBN: 0-8020-4247-3 / 978-0-8020-4247-7 (Canada edition)
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
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Paperback Editions

February 2015 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Selected Letters of Margaret Laurence and Adele Wiseman
Author(s): Ruth Panofsky
ISBN: 0-8020-8090-1 / 978-0-8020-8090-5 (Canada edition)
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
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