Gilles Marcotte, Canadian author & professor, Died at 89

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Gilles Marcotte was born in 1925 in Sherbrooke and died on October 10 ,2015.

Gilles Marcotte was a journalist, critic, professor, novelist and essayist.

He was considered to be one of the best-known and most-respected Québec intellectuals.

Gilles was a journalist at La Tribune, then at Le Devoir and La Presse, Marcotte worked for Radio-Canada and the National Film Board before becoming literature professor at Université de Montréal in 1965.

Marcotte has been active in publishing, notably Écrits du Canada français, since 1954 and has written a series of columns in L’ ACTUALITÉ. Marcotte has written 2 novels, Le Poids de Dieu (1962) and Retour à Coolbrook (1965) and a spare and sombre narrative, Un Voyage (1973).

One of his best fiction is a collection of short stories (la vie vieille, 1989) on the themes of love and death, travel and solitude, creation and social life.

Some of Marcotte’s best journalism has been collected in Littérature et circonstances (1989) and l’Amateur de musique (1992).

Friends and colleagues dedicated to the emeritus professor Miscellanées en l’honneur de Gilles Marcotte (1995).

Gilles passed away at age 89 in October 2015.

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