Biography of Constantin, Maurice

This French author, also known as Maurice Constantin-Weyer, was born in France in 1876. He immigrated to Manitoba in 1904 and spent a number of years in the parish of St. Claude where he made an unsuccessful attempt at farming. He married Dina Proulx, a Métis woman from the neighbouring parish of St. Daniel and had three children. He returned to France to join the French army during the First World War. Author and journalist, he wrote several books describing his experiences in Manitoba, some of which were controversial because of his portrayal of the Métis, his exaggeration of his farming skills and his distortion of Manitoba history. He nonetheless was awarded the prestigious Prix Goncourt in 1928 for his novel Un homme se penche sur son péché”. He died in Vichy, France, in 1964.

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  1. Lettre de Maurice Constantin à Monseigneur Adélard Langevin publiée dans le Free Press, 8 septembre 1909
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