Room is Canada's oldest feminist literary journal. This special issue (September 1993) is devoted to Canadian writer Adele Wiseman (1928-1992). It includes commemorative poems by Margaret Laurence and Janis Rapoport; prose memoirs by Sylvia Fraser and Miriam Waddington; a short story (inspired by Wiseman) by Rachel Wyatt; Mervin Butovsky’s 1985 interview with Wiseman; as well as scholarly essays on Wiseman’s work by Donna Bennett, Michael Greenstein, Laura McLauchlan, and Ruth Panofsky. The issue also features photographs and other visual representations that relate to the author. The cover portrait, Happy Women, is the work of Wiseman’s artist daughter, Tamara Stone.
This special issue shows that Wiseman’s work continues to move and impress readers and scholars – as it has done since 1956, when her first novel The Sacrifice was published to critical acclaim. It also speaks eloquently of the woman behind the writing who left her mark on those represented in the issue.