Gabrielle Roy: Bonheur d'occasion (2361 words)


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Gabrielle Roy’s first novel, Bonheur d’occasion [translated by Hannah Josephson as The Tin Flute (1947)] was first published in 1945 by the Société des Éditions Pascal. Empowered by its immediate international success, the novel was then published by Beauchemin (1947) and, in France, by Flammarion (1947 and 1948). As the winner of the Femina Prize (1947), Bonheur d’occasion will also win the medal of the Académie française (1947) and the newly created Académie canadienne française (1948). From the very beginning, Roy has been seen as the founder of a truly Canadian literature, as her novel focuses on the under-privileged francophone …

Citation: Pascal, Marie. "Bonheur d'occasion". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 July 2021 [, accessed 02 August 2021.]

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