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André Major

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(b. 1942).

Born in Montreal, he early became interested in separatist politics and was expelled from the Collège des Eudistes for his writings in leftist student publications. He...

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Bonheur d'occasion

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(1945).

This first novel by Gabrielle Roy was the first Canadian work to win a major French literary prize (the Prix Fémina); it has been translated into nine languages. In ...

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Claude Jasmin

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(b. 1930).

Born in Montreal, he studied at the Collège Grasset and the École des arts appliqués. He has been a ceramist, actor, art teacher and critic, a television designer ...

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Éloi De Grandmont

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(1921–70).

Born in Baie du Febvre, Quebec, he attended classical college in Nicolet and studied art at L'École des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, the Sorbonne, and L'École du Louvre. He...

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Émile Coderre

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(1893–1970).

Coderre, who wrote under the pseudonym ‘Jean Narrache’, was born in Montreal and orphaned at an early age. He was educated at the Séminaire de Nicolet (1904–12) and...

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François Charron

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(b. 1952).

Born in Longueuil, Quebec, he began writing poetry in his teens; in 1975 he became interested in painting and has had several exhibitions. A member of the editorial ...

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Gaston Miron

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(1928–96).

Born in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec, he attended the Collège des Frères du Sacré-Coeur until 1946; the following year he went to Montreal, where he worked at various...

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Gérald Godin

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(1938–94).

Born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, he dropped out of school to work as a proof-reader for the newspaper Le Nouvelliste. Later he was employed as a reporter for Le Nouveau...

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Jacques Godbout

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(b. 1933).

Born in Montreal, Quebec, he studied under the Jesuits at Collège Brébeuf. After obtaining an M.A. in French literature from the Université de Montréal in 1954 (with a...

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Jacques Renaud

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(b. 1943).

Canadian novelist who, in Le Cassé (1964), produced the first creative work in prose to use joual extensively. It is a tale of a pointless, violent murder which ...

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Jean Barbeau

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(1945– )

Québécois playwright. Barbeau's use of colourful Canadian French, following that of Tremblay, proved immensely popular, in plays such as Manon Lastcall and Joualez-moi...

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Jean-Marc Dalpé

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(b. 1957).

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, he studied theatre in the 1970s at the Université d'Ottawa and at the Conservatoire d'art dramatique (Quebec City). While he was a student he ...

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La Vie en prose

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(1980).

This novel by Yolande Villemaire caused something of a sensation because of its exuberance and formal experimentation. Its self-consciousness begins with the very title,...

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Les Belles-soeurs

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — History of the Americas.

Michel Tremblay's Les Belles-soeurs is universally acknowledged as marking the birth of théâtre québécois. Extraordinary controversy surrounded its first production, in August 1968, because...

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Les Insolences du Frère Untel

Overview page. Subjects: History of the Americas.

Written by Jean-Paul Desbiens, a Mariste brother (born in 1927 in Métabetchouan), and published in 1960 by Les Éditions de l'Homme, the book (in English, The Impertinences of Brother...

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Lucien Francoeur

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(b. 1948).

Born in Montreal, as a teenager he often ran away—not only in Montreal, but to New York and Toronto—and experimented with drugs. In 1968 he rejoined his family ...

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Marcel Dubé

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Theatre.

(b. Montreal, 3 Jan. 1930)

French-Canadian playwright. Considered the major dramatist of the 1950s and 1960s in Quebec because of the quality and number of his works produced (some...

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Marie-Claire Blais

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(b. 1939).

Born in Quebec City, she left school at fifteen to work in a shoe factory. Later she took courses in French literature at Université Laval, where she was ...

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Michel Tremblay

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Theatre.

(b. Montreal, 25 June 1942)

Playwright and novelist. Internationally recognized as the most important Quebec dramatist to date, he burst on the scene with his controversial Les...

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parti pris

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(1963–8).

Founded by Pierre Maheu, André Major, and Paul Chamberland, et al., it was a highly influential political and cultural review published in Montreal. Its founders reacted...

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