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Société des Éditions Pascal fonds. - 1944-48. - 30 cm of textual record.

Administrative History

Les Éditions Pascal, founded by Gérard Dagenais, published Gabrielle Roy's first novel, Bonheur d'occasion, in 1945. The company flourished as a result of restrictions on publishing in France during the war years. Les Éditions Pascal published 23 titles, between 1944 and 1947, before closing its doors, despite the great success of Bonheur d'occasion.

Biographical Sketch

Gérard Dagenais (1913-1981) was a journalist for the dailies Le Soleil, L'Ordre, Le Canada and Le Droit before becoming a translator in Ottawa. On his return to Montreal, he became literary director of the Revue moderne before setting up a translation office and then a publishing company.

Scope and Content

The fonds contains correspondence pertaining to the publication, translation and reception of Bonheur d'occasion, the typescript of the second volume of the work and a copy of the original edition in two volumes with corrections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: acquired from Bernard Dagenais, Gérard Dagenais' son, in 1995. [1995-11]

Language: material in the fonds is in French.

Restriction: none.

Finding Aid: finding aid available.

Associated Material: the Société-des-Éditions-Pascal fonds in the Bibliothèque nationale du Québec. (MSS-381)

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