Élisabeth Bégon

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Élisabeth Bégon (née Marie-Isabelle-Élisabeth Rocbert de la Morandière) was born in Montréal in 1696.[1] She is known for the correspondence she wrote to her son-in-law that described the daily life of a French laywoman in New France between 1748 and 1753.[2] Mme Bégon's oeuvre (a collection of written correspondence including letters, nine notebooks, and thirty-nine leaflets[3] ) was published in 1935[4] under the title Lettres au cher fils. The correspondence was mainly addressed to her son-in-law (Michel de Villebois de la Rouvillière) with whom she is thought to have been in love.[5][6] Lettres au cher fils only include those letters penned by Élisabeth Bégon herself; no return letters have ever been found.[7] Her correspondence is unique to the writings of New France as it is one of the only known works written by a French Canadian laywoman during this period of time.

The original letters can be found at the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec.[8]

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  1. ^ Melançon, Benoît (1997). "La configuration épistolaire: lecture sociale de la correspondance d'Élisabeth Bégon". Erudit 16: 71–82. doi:10.7202/1012440ar. 
  2. ^ "Lettres au cher fils". Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Deschamps, Nicole (1994). Lettres au cher fils: correspondance d'Elisabeth Begon avec son gendre (1748–1753). Avant propos. Montreal: Boreal. pp. 1–13. ISBN 9782890526266. 
  4. ^ Melançon, Benoît (1997). "La configuration épistolaire: lecture sociale de la correspondance d'Élisabeth Bégon". Erudit 16: 71–82. doi:10.7202/1012440ar. 
  5. ^ Melançon, Benoît (1997). "La configuration épistolaire: lecture sociale de la correspondance d'Élisabeth Bégon". Erudit 16: 71–82. doi:10.7202/1012440ar. 
  6. ^ Weiss J.M & Moss J (1996). French-Canadian Literature. The Association for Canadian Studies in the United States. p. 71. ISBN 0585187959. 
  7. ^ "Les "lettres au cher fils" d'Élizabeth Bégon (1748–1753)". Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Bibliotheques et Archives Nationales du Quebec