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Suzanne Jacob Fonds. - [c. 1960] - 2002. - 0.96 m of textual record and other material.

Biographical Sketch

Suzanne Jacob, née Barbès, was born in Amos, in Abitibi (Quebec), on 26 February 1943. After attending primary and secondary school at Sainte-Thérèse d'Amos school, she continued her classical education at the Collège Notre-Dame de l'Assomption de Nicolet and also attended the town's theatre workshop and the music school as well. At the same time as she was studying literature and art history at the Université de Montréal, she was involved in two Apprentis-Sorciers creations. In 1968, she made her debut as a writer-composer-performer in Montréal on stage in the boîtes à chanson (coffeehouses) Chez Clairette and the Patriote. From 1969 to 1974, she taught French as a second language, and performed poetry, monologues and songs just about everywhere in Quebec. From 1970, the Patriote awarded her the trophy for writer-composer-performer of the year. It was also in 1970 that she performed at the Spa festival in Belgium. In 1978, with Paul Paré, she founded the publishing house Le Biocreux, and immediately diversified her literary and artistic activities. Records, radio dramas, television theatre, performance tours in Quebec and abroad, articles, film scripts, short stories, poetry collections, novels and essays followed.

Suzanne Jacob published some major works: Flore Cocon (novel, 1978); La Survie (short stories, 1979); Poèmes I: Gémellaires. Le Chemin de Damas (1980); Laura Laur (novel, 1983, Prix Paris-Québec and Governor General's Literary Award in 1984); La Passion selon Galatée (novel, 1986); Maude (novel, 1988); Les Aventures de Pomme Douly (short stories, 1988); Plages du Maine (travelogue, 1989); Filandere cantabile (poetry with CD, 1990); L'Obéissance (novel, 1991); Les Écrits de l'eau (poetry, 1996); Ah…! (articles, 1996); La Part de feu (poetry, 1997, Governor General's Literary Award and Prix de la Société Radio-Canada in 1998); La Bulle d'encre (essay, 1997, Prix de la revue Études françaises 1997); Parlez-moi d'amour (short story, 1998); Rouge, mère et fils (novel, 2001); Écrire comment pourquoi (essay, 2002). Suzanne Jacob has also published some 50 articles and reviews in journals and magazines. In 1992-1993, she was Writer-in-Residence at the Université de Montréal. She lectures regularly in Quebec, France and the United States.

Scope and Content

The materials in this fonds relate to Suzanne Jacob's writing, her activities as a writer-composer-performer and, to some extent, her relationships with family members.

The fonds includes some unpublished works, but mainly consists of her diary, correspondence, and manuscripts for her published works. Included are early versions of La Passion selon Galatée and Plages du Maine; preliminary notes and documentation used for the writing of L'Obéissance; drafts of La Bulle d'encre and Écrire comment pourquoi; also included are excerpts from the novel Laura Laur. The fonds also contains materials relating to the writing of the screenplay La Beauté de Pandore.

The records in the fonds are arranged into five series: 1. Personal records; 2. Published works; 3. Unpublished materials; 4. Correspondence; 5. Activities as a writer-composer-performer.

The fonds primarily contains manuscripts: holographic documents, typescripts and printouts from materials originally produced on a computer, photographs and scores. There are also a few audiovisual records and some press clippings.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: acquired from Suzanne Jacob in September 2002.

Language: material in the fonds is in French.

Restrictions: some restrictions on consultation, reproduction and publication.

Finding Aid: finding aid available.

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