About the Author
Louis Hemon‘s famous novel, Maria Chapdelaine, has been translated into more than twenty languages and is as closely associated with Canada as Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. Hemon was born in France in 1880 and did not witness the international success of his book — he was killed by a train in 1913, a few months before the book’s first publication. Already a published journalist, he wrote the text of Maria Chapdelaine while working as a laborer on a farm in Quebec. It was originally published as a serial in a Parisian paper and was later brought to Canada and published as a single book. Posthumously, several other works by Hemon were published, but none were as successful as this classic.