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LEMAY, Leon Pamphile, Canadian author, born in Lotbiniere, Quebec, 5 January, 1837. He was educated at the Quebec seminary and studied law, but after obtaining his diploma he abandoned the profession on his appointment to an office under the government. He is at present (1887) keeper of the legislative library at Quebec. From an early age he had cultivated his poetic talent, and in 1865 published "Essais poetiques" (Quebec). In 1867 he received a gold medal from Laval university for the best poem on "The Discovery of Canada." he had previously been awarded a gold medal for a "Hymne national pour la fete des Canadiens-Francais." His translation of Longfellow's "Evangeline" (1870) attracted attention. His romance "Le pelerin de Sainte Anne" (1877)was violently attacked by many as immoral, but its sequel, "Picounoc le maudit," disarmed hostile criticism. His latest prose publication, "L'Affaire Sougraine " (1884), is said to contain his best work. Besides the volumes of poetry noticed above, he has also issued "Poemes couronnes" (Quebec, 1870); "Les Vengeances" (1875; the same dramatized, 1876); "Une Gerbe" (1879); and "Petits poemes" (1883). He is also the author of "Fables Canadiennes" (1882).
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