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Michel Tremblay fonds. - 1958-1986. - 9 m of textual record and other material.

Biographical Sketch

Advertising bill for Michel Tremblay's

Advertising bill for Michel Tremblay's À toi pour toujours, ta Marie-Lou.

Playwright, storyteller, novelist and screenwriter Michel Tremblay was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1942. He studied graphic arts and worked as a typographer from 1963 to 1966. His first play, Le Train, which won first prize in a Radio-Canada contest for young authors in 1964, launched a long and prolific career, primarily as a dramatist. His play Les Belles-Soeurs (1968), staged at the Théâtre du Rideau Vert à Montréal in 1968, was a resounding success. Other important works, such as À toi pour toujours, ta Marie-Lou (197l), Bonjour là, bonjour (1976), and many more, propose the same distant vision of reality. Almost all his plays have been published in English, and a number of them have been acclaimed abroad. Tremblay's novels include La Grosse Femme d'à côté est enceinte (1978), Le Cœur à découvert (1986) and Un Ange cornu avec des ailes de tôle (1994). Tremblay has adapted and translated into French, plays by Aristophanes, Tennessee Williams, Dario Fa, Paul Zindel, Chekhov and Albee. He has written the screenplays of a number of films: Françoise Durocher, waitress, Il était une fois dans l'Est, Parlez-moi d'amour and Le Soleil se lève en retard. He has also written the lyrics for a number of songs for Pauline Julien, Renée Claude and Monique Leyrac. His honours and awards include the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste's Prix Victor-Morin, awarded for the body of his work in 1974, and the Prix Athanase-David awarded for the body of his work in 1988. The government of France saluted his work in 1984, naming him a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de France. He was made a Chevalier de l'Ordre national du Québec in 1992. Tremblay has received several honorary doctorates from Canadian universities.

Scope and Content

Manuscript page from Michel Tremblay's

Page from a manuscript notebook of Michel Tremblay's À toi pour toujours, ta Marie-Lou

The Michel Tremblay fonds contains manuscripts and typescripts of plays and novels, notably En pièces détachées, La Duchesse de Langeais, Les Paons, À toi pour toujours, ta Marie-Lou, Hosanna, Bonjour là, bonjour, Albertine en cinq temps, La Cité dans l'œuf, and Thérèse et Pierrette à l'école des Saints-Anges; the fonds also includes unpublished texts, production records, adaptations by Tremblay, translations of works by Tremblay, audio tapes, photographs and memorabilia.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: acquired from the author in three accessions. [1987-01, 1992-11, 1998-07]

Language: material in the fonds is in French.

Restrictions: financial files are restricted.

Finding Aid: finding aid available.

Other Formats: the Bibliothèque nationale du Québec microfimed the fonds in 1993.

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