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Jacques Godbout fonds. - 1954-1995. - 14 m of textual record and other material.

Biographical Sketch

Jacques Godbout was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1933. He completed a master's degree in the Faculté des lettres at the Université de Montréal in 1954 (with a thesis on Arthur Rimbaud), and was appointed to the faculty of the University College of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, where he taught philosophy and French. He returned to Canada in 1957 to work for the National Film Board as a screenwriter (1958-1960), director of French production (1970), and as a producer and editor. At the same time, he was building a career as a poet, novelist, essayist, playwright and journalist. His work includes three volumes of poetry: Carton-pâte (1956), Les Pavés secs (1958) and C'est la chaude loi des hommes (1960). Godbout received the Prix France-Canada in 1965 for his first novel, L'aquarium (1962), the Governor General's Literary Award in 1973 for Salut Galarneau! (1967), and the Prix Dupau from the Académie française for D'amour P.Q. (1972). He also wrote L'isle au dragon (1976), Les Têtes à Papineau (1981), and Une Histoire américaine (1986) about American culture and the French language in North America after the 1980 referendum. His honours also include the Prix Duvernay from the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste in 1972, for the body of his work, the Prix Belgique-Canada in 1978, and the Prix du Québec (Athanase-David) in 1985. He was director and founder of L'Actualité and founder of the Union des écrivaines et écrivains québécois (1977-1978). He has been the publisher and member of the board of Éditions du Boréal since 1987.

Scope and Content

The Jacques Godbout fonds contains manuscripts and typescripts of poems, published and unpublished novels, documentation, film projects and scenarios, typescripts of narratives, creative texts and criticisms, and typescripts of texts written for radio and television.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: acquired from Jacques Godbout in three accessions in 1989, 1994 and 1996. [1989-11, 1994-05, 1996-09]

Language: material in the fonds is in French.

Restrictions: restrictions on certain unpublished records.

Finding Aid: summary list available.

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