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Réjean Ducharme fonds. - 1965-1994. - 85 cm of textual record.

Biographical Sketch

Novelist and playwright Réjean Ducharme was born in Saint-Félix-de-Valois, in the region of Joliette, Quebec in 1941. He spent seven months in the Canadian Air Force in 1962, then worked as a salesman, office clerk and cab driver before travelling across Canada, the United States and Mexico for three years.

Ten of his works have been published by Gallimard which is an accomplishment, given the prestige of this French publishing company. His first novel, L'Avalée des avalées (1966), won the Governor General's Literary Award in 1967. His second novel, Le Nez qui voque (1967), was awarded the Prix littéraire de la province de Québec. These two, plus a third novel, L'Océantume (1968), were published during the years of the Quiet Revolution in Quebec and made a significant impact. Ducharme wrote the plays, Le Cid maghané and Ines Pérée et Inat Tendu in 1968, and Ha ha! which won the Governor General's Literary Award in 1982. He received the Prix Belgique-Canada in 1973 for L'Hiver de force and the Prix France-Canada in 1976 for Les Enfantômes. In addition, he wrote the lyrics of several songs for Robert Charlebois (1976). Ducharme also wrote the screenplay for two very successful films: Les Bons Débarras (1979) and Les Beaux Souvenirs (1981) produced by Francis Mankiewicz. After a 14-year silence, Ducharme surprised the world with two novels, Dévadé (1990) and Va savoir (1994). Réjean Ducharme is considered one of the most significant and original voices in Quebec literary history. He has also exhibited his sculptures and paintings created with found objects, under the pseudonym Roch Plante.

Scope and Content

The first accession of the Réjean Ducharme fonds contains pre-1994 manuscripts of published or unpublished works, including novels, plays and screenplays. This fonds is based entirely on writings and contains no revealing biographical content. It focuses on his work and its genesis. Les Enfantômes (1976) and Ines Pérée et Inat Tendu (1976), with their multiple re-writes, clearly illustrate the stages in creation of a work, and the challenging journey from draft to final text. A second accession, acquired in 1995, consists of two galleys of a text submitted by Ducharme for an unpublished collection, Morceaux du grand Montréal.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: acquired from the author in 1986. [1986-05] The galleys were acquired from Gilles Lamontagne in 1995. [1995-09]

Language: material in the fonds is in French.

Restrictions: Réjean Ducharme's permission is required for the consultation of unpublished writings.

Finding Aid: finding aid available.

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