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Louvigny de Montigny fonds. - 1904-1955. - 90 cm of textual record.

Biographical Sketch

Writer and senior translator for the Senate in Ottawa, Louvigny de Montigny was born in Saint-Jerôme, Quebec in 1876. He was educated at Collège Sainte-Marie and in the Faculty of Law at Université Laval in Québec. He founded two newspapers: Les Débats (1900) and La Gazette municipale (1904). He was an editor with Les Débats and from 1910 to 1955 a translator in the Senate. He was a founding member of the École littéraire de Montréal and played a significant role in the creation of the Canadian Authors' Association (1921) and the Société des écrivains canadiens (1922). In 1914, he brought Louis Hémon's novel Maria Chapdelaine to public attention, after discovering it in the Parisian newspaper Le Temps, in which it was published in instalments. His book La Revanche de Maria Chapdelaine, was acclaimed by the Académie française in 1937. He published works of poetry, and his essay Au pays de Québec, was awarded the Prix de la Langue française by the Académie française in 1945. His comedy Les Boules de neige, brought to the stage the quarrel over the use of popular language in literary works. His other works are La Langue française au Canada: son état actuel (1916) and Écrasons le perroquet: divertissement philologique (1948) both of which deal with the problem of the French language in Canada, a topic which interested Louvigny de Montigny more than any other. He was named Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in 1925.

Scope and Content

The Louvigny de Montigny fonds consists mainly of correspondence, typescripts of La Cabane à sucre, L'Épi rouge and Le Rigodon du diable, press clippings and also contains the series concerning his brother, Gaston de Montigny.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: acquired from Mme Raimbaud de Montigny in 1971. [1971-05]

Language: material in the fonds is in French.

Restriction: none.

Finding Aid: inventory available. Also available on microfilm (one negative reel and one positive reel).

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