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LEMELIN, ROGER, 1919-1992

Roger Lemelin fonds. - 1938-1986. - 6.5 m of textual record.

Biographical Sketch

Writer, journalist and businessman Roger Lemelin was born in Quebec City's Lower Town district. He attended École Saint-Joseph and the Académie commerciale de Québec, but dropped out of school in Grade 8 and went to work. Self-educated, he worked in a factory and as a journalist. In 1944, he published his first novel Au pied de la pente douce which earned him an award from the Académie française and the Prix David, in 1946. His second novel Les Plouffe (1948) was adapted for radio and television, and, made into a successful film by Gilles Carle in 1980. Lemelin also published Fantaisies sur les péchés capitaux (1949) and Pierre le magnifique (1952). In 1961, he formed his own advertising firm, la Société Dubuisson. In 1972, he became chief executive officer and publisher of La Presse (1972-198l). He published his memoirs, La Culotte en or (1980), and a sequel to Les Plouffe, Le Crime d'Ovide Plouffe (1982). Roger Lemelin was made a Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur by the government of France in 1990, and received an honorary doctorate from McGill University for the body of his work in the same year. He was a member of the Royal Society of Canada and a corresponding member of l'Académie Goncourt.

Scope and Content

The Roger Lemelin fonds contains correspondence, manuscripts of unpublished novels, manuscripts of Les Plouffe, Au pied de la pente douce, Pierre le magnifique and the radio serial La Famille Plouffe, articles and press clippings. A second accession [1987-10] added correspondence and research notes, typescripts, and scripts for television and the film versions of Les Plouffe, La Culotte en or and Le Crime d'Ovide Plouffe.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Acquired from the author [1981-03, 1987-10]

Language: material in the fonds is in French.

Restrictions: some restrictions on access.

Finding Aid: preliminary inventory available.

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