Laure Conan, pen name of Marie-Louise-Félicité Angers, (9 January 1845 – 6 June 1924), is regarded as the first true French-Canadian female novelist. She was born in Murray Bay, Canada East (now La Malbaie, Quebec).

Laure Conan
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Born(1845-01-09)9 January 1845
Murray Bay, Canada East, Province of Canada (now La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada)
Died6 June 1924(1924-06-06) (aged 79)
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada[1]
Spousenever married[1]

Educated by the Ursulines, Laure wrote eleven books focussed largely on religion and family structure in Quebec, with a particular interest in exploring the minds of her characters. She also was a valued contributor to Le Journal de Françoise, a bimonthly paper edited by Robertine Barry.

Conan's best remembered book is Angéline de Montbrun (1884) and is possibly Conan's best psychological novel. She died in Quebec, Quebec from heart failure following surgery to treat ovarian cancer, diagnosed days earlier by her grandnephew, a doctor.[1]

Selected worksEdit

  • Angéline de Montbrun - 1884 (translated as Angéline de Montbrun, 1974)
  • À l'oeuvre et à l'épreuve - 1891 (translated as The Master Motive, 1909)
  • L'oublié - 1900
  • Élizabeth Seton - 1903
  • L'obscure souffrance - 1919
  • La sève immortelle - 1925
  • Oeuvres romanesques (3 volumes) - 1974-75


  1. ^ a b c "Laure Conan". Dictionary of Canadian Biography (online ed.). University of Toronto Press. 1979–2016.

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