|Born||November 16, 1839|
Lévis, Lower Canada
|Died||May 31, 1908(aged 68)|
|Occupation||poet, playwright, short story writer|
|Notable awards||Prix Montyon, CMG|
Louis-Honoré Fréchette, CMG (November 16, 1839 – May 31, 1908), was a Canadian poet, politician, playwright, and short story writer. For his prose, he would be the first Quebecois to receive the Prix Montyon from the Académie française, as well as the first Canadian to receive any honor of this kind from a European nation.
Early life and education
Born in Lévis, Lower Canada, from 1854 to 1860 Fréchette did his classical studies at the Séminaire de Québec, the Collège de Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière and at the Séminaire de Nicolet. He later studied law at Université Laval.
In 1864, he opened a lawyer's office in Lévis where he founded two newspapers: Le drapeau de Lévis and La Tribune de Levis. He exiled himself in Chicago where he wrote La voix d'un exilé. A number of plays which he wrote during that period were lost in the Great Chicago Fire.
Fréchette returned to Quebec in 1871, where he was a Liberal candidate for Lévis in the provincial elections that year; he was not elected.S However, in 1874 he was elected Member of Parliament in Ottawa. He served in the House of Commons of Canada from 1874 to 1878 as the Liberal Party of Canada member from Lévis.He was not re-elected in 1878. After that, he moved to Montreal where he began writing full-time, having inherited the wealth of his aunt when she died.
In 1881, he was given an honorary LLD by Queen's College, Kingston. In that same year Fréchette would meet Mark Twain in Montreal, whose writing he had much admired; indeed the two would remain friends, exchanging works and favorite books. In the following year Twain would toast Fréchette at an American welcoming banquet in Holyoke, joking about his regard for the translation of works that in his fictitious "translation his [Fréchette's] pathetic poems have naturally become humorous, his humorous poems have become sad. Anybody who knows even the rudiments of arithmetic will know that Monsieur Fréchette's poems are now worth exactly twice as much as they were before." In 1897 Fréchette was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George.
Canada Post issued a postage stamp in his honour on July 7, 1989.
In 1991, Louis Honoré Fréchette Public School, a French immersion, opened in Thornhill, Ontario.
- La voix d'un exilé (1866)
- La découverte du Mississippi (1873)
- Pêle-mêle (1877)
- La Légende d'un peuple (1877)
- Poésies choisies (1879)
- Les Fleurs boréales, les oiseaux de neige (1879)
- L'Iroquoise du lac Saint-Pierre (1861)
- Originaux et détraqués (1892), based on real life characters
- Les contes de Jos Violon
- Christmas in French Canada (1899)
- Le retour de l'exilé (1880)
- Papineau (1880)
- La retour de l'exilé (1880)
- Félix Poutré (1892)
- "Fréchette, Louis". Dictionary of Canadian Biography. University of Toronto; Université Laval. Archived from the original on July 20, 2017.
- George W. Brown; Ramsay Cook; Jean Hamelin (1966). Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 359. ISBN 978-0-8020-3998-9.
- "Adelphus Todd". The Week : a Canadian journal of politics, literature, science and arts. 1 (9): 137. January 31, 1884. Retrieved April 25, 2013.
- Charles Bruce Sissons; Richard De Brisay, eds. (1975). "Louis Fréchette". The Canadian Forum. Vol. LV. Survival Foundation. p. 8.
Our national poet, Louis Frechette, a friend of Mark Twain's exchanged books, and commented on each other's work, as if it was of the same quality
- Mark Twain (1976). Paul Fatout (ed.). Mark Twain Speaking. University of Iowa Press. pp. 166–168.
- Jenn, Ronald (January 2014). "Samuel Langhorne Clemens traducteur; Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (1895-1896) et les travestissements de la langue" [Samuel Langhorne Clemens translator; Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (1895-1896) and the disguises of language]. Revue Française d'Études Américaines (in French) (138): 40–56. doi:10.3917/rfea.138.0040.
- W. H. New, ed. Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002: 395–97.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Louis-Honoré Fréchette.|
- Works by Louis-Honoré Fréchette at Project Gutenberg
- Works by Louis-Honoré Fréchette at LibriVox (public domain audiobooks)
- Works by or about Louis-Honoré Fréchette at Internet Archive
- "Louis-Honoré Fréchette". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2016.
- Notice biographique de Louis Fréchette at L'Île (in French)
- Louis-Honoré Fréchette – Parliament of Canada biography
- Louis-Honoré Fréchette's entry in The Canadian Encyclopedia
|Professional and academic associations|
William Robinson Clark
| President of the Royal Society of Canada