Félix-Antoine Savard fonds. - n.d., 1937, 1964. - 18 cm of textual record.
Priest and writer Félix-Antoine Savard was born in Quebec City in 1896. He grew up in Chicoutimi and spent his summers in the woods and travelling on the Saguenay River. Savard completed a B.A. and began theology studies at the Grand Séminaire de Chicoutimi in 1918. He was ordained a priest in 1922 and served in a number of parishes in Charlevoix County. In 1934, he gathered together a group of unemployed people and their families to found two agricultural hamlets in the Abitibi region. His knowledge of both forestry and the inhabitants of the region provided him with the raw material for his writings. His work, more "poetic prose" than short fiction, is remarkable for its image-rich style and combination of French from France and French-Canadian expressions. His best-known work Menaud, maître-draveur (1937) relates the story of a veteran lumberjack filled with bitterness about the exploitation of Quebec's natural resources and workforce by foreign companies. Menaud received the Prix David and the Prix de la langue française from the Académie française. Savard re-wrote Menaud in 1944 and again in 1960.
Savard joined the Faculté des arts at Université Laval in 1945 and became its Dean in 1950. He was appointed to the Royal Society of Canada in 1945, resigned in 1954, and became a member of the Académie canadienne-française in 1955. In 1968, he received the Prix Athanase-David for the body of his work.
The fonds contains a manuscript of the first edition (1937) of Menaud, maître draveur, partially written by the author, and the galleys of the last edition (1964) with holographic corrections and additions. In 1996, the National Library of Canada acquired the manuscript Louise de Sinigolle, a poem which celebrates the legends, customs and traditions of the Charlevoix and the Saguenay.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: acquired from Roger LeMoine in 1982 and 1996. [1982-09, 1996-11]
Language: material in the fonds is in French.
Finding Aid: preliminary inventory available.
Associated Material: the Félix-Antoine-Savard fonds in the Archives Division of Université Laval. (P123)