Guèvremont, Germaine

Germaine Guèvremont, née Marianne-Germaine Grignon, writer (b at St-Jérôme, Qué 16 Apr 1893; d at Montréal 21 Aug 1968). After studies in Ste-Scholastique, St-Jérôme, Lachine and Toronto (Loretto Abbey), Guèvremont worked at Ste-Scholastique courthouse. In 1916 she married Hyacinthe Guèvremont, an Ottawa civil servant. In 1920 the family moved to Sorel where they lived until 1935, when they moved to Montréal. Guèvremont took up journalism in Sorel, writing for the Montreal Gazette, Le Courrier de Sorel, Paysana and L'Oeil. In 1942 she published her first book, a collection of stories called En pleine terre, and began editing her major work, Le SURVENANT, 2 chapters of which appeared in Gants du ciel in 1943. Le Survenant, for which she won the Prix Duvernay, Prix David and Prix Sully-Olivier de Serres, was published by Beauchemin (1945) and in Paris by Plon (1946). Marie-Didace, the second instalment of Le Survenant, appeared in 1947. It was a triumph, winning her election to the Académie canadienne-française in 1948, the Gov Gen's Award for the English translation (The Outlander) in 1950, honorary doctorates, popular acclaim with radio (1951) and TV adaptations (1954-60), and election to the RSC in 1962.