Adele Wiseman

Novelist, Author

1928 – 1992

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Who was Adele Wiseman?

Adele Wiseman was a Canadian author.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, she received a B.A. from the University of Manitoba in 1949. Her parents were Russian-Jews who emigrated from the Ukraine to Canada, in part, to escape the pogroms that accompanied the Russian Civil War.

In 1956, Wiseman published her first novel, The Sacrifice, which won the Governor General's Award, Canada's most prestigious literary prize. Her only other novel, Crackpot, was published in 1974. Both novels deal with Jewish immigrant heritage, the struggle to survive the Depression and World War II, and the challenges the next generation faced in acculturating to Canadian society.

Wiseman also published plays, children's stories, essays, and other non-fiction. Her book, Old Woman at Play, examines and meditates on the creative process while paying tribute to Wiseman's mother and the dolls she made.

Wiseman was lifelong friends with Margaret Laurence, another Canadian author from Manitoba. Her nephew, Jacques Distler, is a theoretical physicist. She was an active and accessible Writer-in-Residence at the University of Windsor in her final years.

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Born
May 21, 1928
Winnipeg
Parents
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Judaism
Nationality
  • Canada
Profession
Education
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Manitoba
    English Literature
    ( - 1949)
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Manitoba
    Psychology
    ( - 1949)
Lived in
  • Winnipeg
    (1928/05/21 - )
  • Toronto
    ( - 1992/06/01)
Died
Jun 1, 1992
Toronto

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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