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Fernand Ouellette fonds. - 1953-1989. - 10 m of textual record and sound recordings.

Biographical Sketch

Poet, essayist and novelist Fernand Ouellette was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1930. He began his classical studies at Collège Séraphique de Montréal in 1943, and obtained a social sciences diploma from the Université de Montréal in 1952. From 1955 on, he wrote a number of radio scripts on French and foreign writers for Radio-Canada. In 1958, he became the co-founder of the journal Liberté, and its editor-in-chief in 1960. In the same year, he began producing cultural programs for Radio-Canada, continuing until 1991. His correspondence with Henry Miller and Pierre Jean Jouve, his meeting with Edgard Varèse and his travels in Europe are all signposts of his journey as a writer and poet. He has won a number of literary awards. His biographical essay Vie d'Edgard Varèse, won the Prix France-Québec in 1967. Poésie won the Prix France-Canada in 1972. Les Actes retrouvés earned him a Governor General's Literary Award in 1970 which he refused: Fernand Ouellette explained this refusal in "Le temps des veilleurs" [in Liberté (Jan.-Feb. 1971)]. He won two Governor General's Literary Awards, one in 1985 for his novel Lucie ou Un Midi en novembre and one in 1987 for his collection Les Heures. He was honoured three times for the body of his work, winning the Prix Athanase-David in 1987, the Ville de Laval Medal in 1992, and the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste's Prix Duvernay in 1994. Ouellette led creative writing workshops at the University of Ottawa and Université Laval in 1977 and 1978, and at a number of universities abroad. He has also participated in numerous international symposia.

Scope and Content

The Fernand Ouellette fonds contains correspondence, manuscripts and typescripts of his literary works and radio scripts, documentation on the author's activities, course notes and audio archives.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: acquired from Fernand Ouellette in three accessions. [1985-13, 1990-08, 1998-03]

Language: material in the fonds is in French.

Restrictions: some restrictions governing access. No reproduction without Mr. Ouellette's authorization.

Finding Aid: preliminary inventory available.

Related Records Different Fonds: The National Library of Canada, Music Division, holds all documents pertaining to the biography of musician Edgard Varèse in the Fernand Ouellette fonds (MUS 137).

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