Marcel Dubé was the most prolific and most successful dramatist writing in French Canada during the 1950s and 60s, and one of the most influential. He was born in a working-class district of Montreal near the beginning of the Great Depression, one of a family of eight children. He thus grew up in a milieu where the daily struggle for economic survival was paramount, although his own family’s circumstances (his father was an accountant) were somewhat better than those around them. Not unusually, many of his early plays reflect the harsh social conditions of his environment and age.

Dubé’s secondary education was at Montreal’s excellent Collège Sainte-Marie, where his nascent interest in theatre was heightened by offerings of skilled amateur troupes such as Les Compagnons de

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Citation: Doucette, Leonard Eugene. "Marcel Dubé". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 February 2008 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=5256, accessed 15 July 2024.]

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