Philippe-Ignace François Aubert de Gaspé

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Philippe-Ignace-Francois Aubert de Gaspé, or simply Philippe Aubert de Gaspé (1814–7 March 1841), was a Canadian writer and is credited with writing the first French Canadian novel.


Philippe-Ignace-Francois was tutored by his father Philippe-Joseph and studied at the seminary of Nicolet. He worked as a journalist at the Quebec Mercury and Le Canadien. He was sentenced to a month in prison in November 1835 after clashing with Edmund Bailey O'Callaghan, who questioned his integrity. In February of the following year, he unleashed a stink bomb of asafoetida at the National Assembly of Quebec.

While lying-low at his father's house he began writing his novel L'influence d'un livre. The story is made up of various fictionalized historical events, legends and folksongs which show the influence of father's recollections. Despite now being recognized as a major landmark in Canadian literature, the book was not well received and Philippe died shortly afterwards in Halifax where he was buried in front of the present-day Spring Garden Road Public Library.[1]


  • Le chercheur de trésors ou L'influence d'un livre. roman. 1837 online
    • Transl. Claire Holden Rothman: The Influence of a Book. Robert Davies Publ. 1993 ISBN 1895854105 John Glassco Translation Award

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  1. ^ "Philipe-Ignace François Aubert de Gaspé Jr. - Halifax Public Libraries". Retrieved 8 May 2015.

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