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Jacques Poulin fonds. - 1967-1989. - 93 cm of textual record.

Biographical Sketch

Manuscript page from Jacques Poulin's VOLKSWAGEN BLUES

Manuscript page from the first draft of Jacques Poulin's Volkswagen blues.

Novelist and translator, Jacques Poulin was born in Saint-Gédéon de Beauce, Quebec in 1937. He was classically educated at seminaries in Saint-Georges and Nicolet, graduating in 1957. He obtained a psychology degree specializing in occupational guidance (1960) and an arts degree (1964) from Université Laval. He worked as a guidance counsellor at Collège Notre-Dame-de-Bellevue in Québec (1967-1970) while completing Mon Cheval pour un royaume (1967), then he worked as a federal government translator (1970-1973). After the publication of his second novel Jimmy (1969), he dedicated himself to writing. Poulin's first works were influenced by J.D. Salinger, and his strong and vigorous characters, action scenes tinged with humour, and particularly, the tendency to mix dream and reality, and to combine narration, fable and essay are also reminders of Kurt Vonnegut Jr. and Richard Brautigan. His Volkswagen blues (1984) is a voyage in time and space: French exploration in the style of the California counterculture of Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. His La Tournée d'automne (1993) is a tribute to books, heroes and readers. For the past few years, Jacques Poulin has been a writer and translator in Paris.

Jacques Poulin won the Prix La-Presse for his novel Faites de beaux rêves (1974) and the Governor General's Literary Award for Les Grandes Marées (1978). His novel Le Vieux Chagrin won the Prix Québec-Paris in 1989, the Prix Molson of the Académie des lettres du Québec in 1990 and the Prix France-Québec in 1991. He received the Prix Athanase-David for the body of his work in 1995.

Scope and Content

The Jacques Poulin fonds contains manuscripts and typescripts of his novels Mon Cheval pour un royaume, Jimmy, Le Cœur de la baleine bleue, Faites de beaux rêves, Les Grandes Marées, and Volkswagen blues. The second accession adds notes, manuscripts and typescripts of several versions of the novel Le Vieux Chagrin, published in 1989.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: acquired from Jacques Poulin in two accessions. [1985-11, 1992-25]

Language: material in the fonds is in French.

Restriction: none.

Finding Aid: preliminary inventory available.

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