Document Type

Other

Publication Date

2001

Abstract

Gabrielle Roy (1909-1983) is one of Canada's most important 20th century women writers of fiction. Born in Saint-Boniface, Manitoba, a French-speaking community across the Red River from Winnipeg, Gabrielle was the youngest child in a large family. In 1929, after two years of training at the Winnipeg Normal Institute, she began a teaching career in Manitoba. Eight years later, she traveled to Europe to study dramatic art. There she began to develop her talent as a writer and wrote her first published articles. The outbreak of World War II in 1939 hastened her return to Canada where she settled in Montreal and became a free-lance journalist. For the next six years, she researched and wrote human interest stories for a living while working on a novel set in the St. Henri district of Montreal, Bonheur d'occasion /The Tin Flute. Published in 1945, Bonheur d'occasion was an enormous success. It won several literary prizes, including the Prix Fémina, a prestigious award from France. Her other major published fictional works include: La Petite poule d'eau /Where Nests the Water Hen (1950), Alexandre Chenevert /The Cashier (1954), Rue Deschambault /Street of Riches (1955), La Montagne secrète /The Hidden Mountain (1961), La Route d'Altamont /The Road Past Altamont (1966), La Rivière sans repos /Windflower (1970), Cet été qui chantait /Enchanted Summer (1972), Un Jardin au bout du monde /Garden in the Wind (1975), Ces enfants de ma vie/Children of my Heart (1977), and De quoi t'ennuies-tu, Éveline? /What's Bothering You Éveline? (1982). La Détresse et l'enchantement, /Enchantment and Sorrow (1984), written before her death and published posthumously, was to have been the first volume of her autobiography. François Ricard is leading the effort to edit and publish material from notes and drafts she intended for a subsequent volume of the work.

The goal of this bibliography is to make available to interested persons a comprehensive guide to scholarly studies and biographical material on the life and work of Gabrielle Roy.

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