Louis Hémon (12 October 1880 – 8 July 1913), was a French writer best known for his novel Maria Chapdelaine.
He was born in Brest, France. In Paris, where he resided with his family, he was enrolled in the Montaigne and Louis-le-Grand secondary schools. A bilingual secretary in several maritime agencies, he collaborated, starting from 1904, in a Parisian sports journal. After his studies of law and oriental languages in the Sorbonne, he moved to London.
Since his death, Maria Chapdelaine has been translated into more than 20 languages in 23 countries, while other novels were published posthumously. The work was also celebrated through a series of paintings by renowned Canadian artist, Rajka Kupesic.
Hémon had one daughter, Lydia-Kathleen, from a relationship in England with Lydia O'Kelly.
He is the subject of two biographical studies, L'aventure Louis Hémon (1974) by Alfred Ayotte and Victor Tremblay, and Louis Hémon, le fou du lac by Mathieu-Robert Sauvé.
- 1908: Lizzie Blakeston
- 1913: Maria Chapdelaine
- 1923: la Belle que voilà
- 1924: Colin-Maillard
- 1926: Battling Malone, pugiliste
- 1950: Monsieur Ripois et la Némésis
- Maria Chapdelaine by Louis Hemon; illustrated by Rajka Kupesic at www.tundrabooks.com
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- Works by Louis Hémon at Project Gutenberg
- Maria Chapdelaine by Louis HÃ©mon at Project Gutenberg
- (French) Original text
- Collections Canada: Louis Hémon, accessed 3 July 2006
- Bookrags: Louis Hémon, accessed 3 July 2006
- Biography at the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online
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