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Hector de Saint-Denys Garneau fonds. - 1928-1939. - 20 cm of textual record.

Biographical Sketch

Born in Montreal, Quebec in 1912 to an old Quebec family, Hector de Saint-Denys Garneau completed part of his classical education at Collège Sainte-Marie (1923), continued it at Collège Loyola (1924), and also studied painting at Collège des beaux-arts de Montréal, then Collège Brébeuf. In 1923, he began writing poetry which earned him a number of awards in literary competitions. In 1927, he began publishing articles on art and poetry. He then joined the group at La Relève, a monthly magazine devoted to literature, philosophy and religion which published a number of his articles and poems between 1934 and 1937. His collection Regards et jeux dans l'espace was published in Montreal in 1937. After three weeks in France in 1937, he gradually retreated into solitude and silence. Disappointed and ill, Saint-Denys Garneau withdrew to the family manor where he died in 1943 following a heart attack. His posthumous works, Poésies complètes (1949) and his celebrated Journal (1954) have made him one of Quebec's most important modern poets.

Scope and Content

The Hector de Saint-Denys Garneau fonds contains diaries, 1935-1939; correspondence; manuscripts of texts including short fiction, essays and poetry; and a scrapbook.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: acquired from Saint-Denys Garneau's heirs in 1993. [1993-15]

Language: material in the fonds is in French.

Other Formats: the Bibliothèque nationale du Québec microfilmed the fonds in 1994.

Restrictions: none.

Finding Aid: finding aid available.

Associated Material: the Hector de Saint-Denys Garneau fonds at the Bibliothèque nationale du Québec. (MSS-200)

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