The Force of Vocation:
The Literary Career of Adele Wiseman
By: Ruth Panofsky
Adele Wiseman was a seminal figure in Canadian letters. Always independent and wilful, she charted her own literary career, based on her unfailing belief in her artistic vision. This first book on Wiseman’s writing life presents her as an author who doggedly and ambitiously perfected her craft, sought a wide audience for her work, and refused to compromise her work for marketability.
Drawing on previously unpublished archival material and personal interviews with publishers, editors, and writers, The Force of Vocation charts Wiseman’s career from her internationally acclaimed first novel, The Sacrifice, through her near career-ending decisions to move into drama and non-fiction, to her many years as a dedicated mentor to other writers. In the process, it presents a remarkable and compelling story of the intricate negotiations and complex relationships that exist among authors, editors, and publishers.
Professional Writer's Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
A major contribution to our understanding of how to think about writers’ experiences in Canada.
Neil Besner, University of Winnipeg
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...