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Louis-Honore Frechette

Louis Fréchette (1839-1908). Courtesy Wikimedia Commns.

Louis-Honoré Fréchette
Born November 16, 1839(1839-Template:MONTHNUMBER-16)
Lévis, Lower Canada
Died May 30, 1908(1908-Template:MONTHNUMBER-30) (aged 68)
Occupation poet, playwright, short story writer
Nationality Canada Canadian
Notable award(s) Prix Montyon, CMG

Louis-Honoré Fréchette, (November 16, 1839 – May 31, 1908), was a French Canadian poet, politician, playwright, and short story writer who won the Montyon Prize.

LifeEdit

Frechette was born in Lévis, Lower Canada. From 1854 to 1860 he studied classics at the Séminaire de Québec,Collège de Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière, and Séminaire de Nicolet. He later studied law at Université de Laval.

In 1864, he opened a lawyer's office in Lévis where he founded 2 newspapers: Le drapeau de Lévis and La Tribune de Levis. He exiled himself in Chicago, where he wrote La voix d'un exilé. A number of plays which he wrote during that period were lost in the Great Chicago Fire.

Soon after he returned home in 1874, he was elected Member of Parliament in Ottawa. He served in the Canadian House of Commons from 1874 to 1878 as the Liberal Party of Canada member from Lévis.He was not re-elected in 1878. After that, he moved to Montreal where he began writing full time, having inherited the wealth of his aunt when she died.

RecognitionEdit

He received the Montyon Prize of the Académie française, the first Quebecois to do so, for his collection of poems, Les Fleurs boréales, les oiseaux de neige (1879).

In 1897 he was created a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George.

Canada Post issued a postage stamp in his honour on July 7, 1989.

In 1991, Louis Honoré Fréchette Public School, opened in Thornhill, Ontario.

PublicationsEdit

PoetryEdit

  • Mes loisirs: Poésies. Quebec: L. Brousseau, 1863.
  • La voix d'un exilé: à mes amis les libéraux du Canada. Chicago: 1866.
  • La découverte du Mississippi (1873)
  • Pêle-mêle: Fantaisies et souvenirs poétiques. Montréal : Lovell, 1877.
  • La Légende d'un peuple. Quebec: C. Darveau, 1877.
  • Poésies choisies. Quebec: C. Darveau, 1879.
  • Les Fleurs boréales, les oiseaux de neige: Poesies canadiennes. Quebec: C. Darveau, 1879; Paris: E. Rouveyre / E. Terquem, 1881.

EnglishEdit

  • Louis Frechette (translated by Henri d'Arles). Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1924.

PlaysEdit

Short fictionEdit

  • L'Iroquoise du lac Saint-Pierre. [Quebec?}: 1861.
  • Originaux et détraqués. Montreal: M. Palenaude, 1892.
  • Christmas in French Canada. Toronto: Morang, 1899
    • La Noël au Canada: Contes et récits. Toronto: Morang, 1900.
  • Les contes de Jos Violon. Montréal: Aurore, 1974

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Non-fictionEdit

  • Lettres a Basile: A propos des causeries du dimanche de M.A.B. Routhier. Québec: l'Événement, 1872.
  • À propos d'éducation: Lettres à M. l'abbé Baillargé du Collège de Joliette. Montréal: Desaulniers, 1893.
  • Mémoires intimes. Montréal: Fides, 1961.


Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[1]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • W.H. New, ed. Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002: 395-97.

External links Edit

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