Louis Hémon, writer (b at Brest, France 12 Oct 1880; d at Chapleau, Ont 8 July 1913). Hémon immigrated to Canada in 1911. After working (1911-12) as a bilingual stenographer with a Montréal life insurance company, he went to the Lac Saint-Jean region. There he wrote Maria Chapdelaine: récit du Canada français
, the novel that gave him worldwide success. Unfortunately, Hémon never knew of his fame, for he died in an accident. MARIA CHAPDELAINE
was serialized first in Paris in 1914 and 2 years later appeared in Montréal in book form. But it was only after its 1921 French publication that the novel became a success. Today, this account of Québec peasant life is often seen as a symbol of individual and collective alienation. At the time, the novel was used to support a nationalist ideology of fidelity to the past and its traditions. Other works by Hémon are La Belle que voilà
(1924), Battling Malone
(1925), Monsieur Ripois et la némésis
(1950), Lettres à sa famille
(1968) and Récits sportifs
The Samuel Bédard House at the Louis-Hémon Museum (Corel Professional Photos).