[From Series Two The Town Below]
Roger Lemelin was born in 1919 in Quebec City, the eldest of a family of ten. Leaving school at the age of fourteen, he worked in a number of capacities from market vendor to brick-layer, at the same time becoming a skilled athlete. From the age of ten he had nourished the dream of becoming a writer. This was achieved with the publication of Au Pied de la Pente Douce (The Town Below), written while working for a lumber company of which he later became a proprietor. He is now a successful businessman and writer in Quebec City where he lives with his wife and five children.
Au Pied de la Pente Douce was published in 1944 and received the Quebec Government’s Prix David and the French Academy’s Grand Prix de la Langue Française. This was followed by Les Plouffe (The Plouffe Family) in 1948, Fantaisies sur les Péchés Capitaux (untranslated) in 1949, and Pierre le Manifique (In Quest of Splendor) in 1952. He has also written series for television on The Plouffe Family and on The Town Below.
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