Gabrielle Roy
Gabrielle Roy

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Name: Gabrielle Roy
Occupation: Children's Author
Gender: Female
Birth Day: March 22, 1909
Death Date: Jul 13, 1983 (age 74)
Age: Aged 74
Country: Canada
Zodiac Sign: Aries

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Gabrielle Roy

Gabrielle Roy was born on March 22, 1909 in Canada (74 years old). Gabrielle Roy is a Children's Author, zodiac sign: Aries. Find out Gabrielle Roynet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


Her 1954 novel, Alexandre Chenevert, is regarded as one of the most important Canadian works of psychological realism.

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As per our current Database, Gabrielle Roy died on Jul 13, 1983 (age 74).

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Before Fame

She worked as a sketch artist in her early adulthood years. She published her debut novel, Bonheur d'occasion, in 1945.

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With her savings she was able to spend some time in Europe, but was forced to return to Canada in 1939 at the outbreak of World War II. She returned with some of her works near completion, but settled in Quebec to earn a living as a sketch artist while continuing to write.


There are two French versions of Bonheur d'occasion. The first was published in 1945 by Société des Éditions Pascal in two volumes. This version was translated in 1947 by Hannah Josephson, who removed several short passages from the English version. In 1965, Librairie Beauchemin published an abridged French version eliminating a number of passages. This second version was translated by Alan Brown in 1980. As a result, there has never been an unabridged version of The Tin Flute published in English.


Her first novel, Bonheur d'occasion (1945), gave a starkly realistic portrait of the lives of people in Saint-Henri, a working-class neighbourhood of Montreal. The novel caused many Quebeckers to take a hard look at themselves, and is regarded as the novel that helped lay the foundation for Quebec's Quiet Revolution of the 1960s. The original French version won her the prestigious Prix Femina in 1947. Published in English as The Tin Flute (1947), the book won the 1947 Governor General's Award for fiction as well as the Royal Society of Canada's Lorne Pierce Medal. Distributed in the United States, where it sold more than three-quarters of a million copies, the Literary Guild of America made The Tin Flute a feature book of the month in 1947. The book garnered so much attention that Roy returned to Manitoba to escape the publicity.

In August 1947, she married Marcel Carbotte, a Saint Boniface doctor, and the couple set off for Europe where Carbotte studied gynecology and Roy spent her time writing.


She is considered by many to be one of the most important Francophone writers in Canadian history and one of the most influential Canadian authors. In 1963, she was on a panel that gave the Montreal World's Fair, Expo 67, its theme: Terre des hommes or in English Man and His World. It was her suggestion to use Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's 1939 book title as the organizing theme. In 2016, Margaret Atwood, who had read her books as a teenager, wrote an essay about her career, and noted that her works were still more relevant than ever.


Gabrielle Roy died in 1983 at the age of seventy-four. Her autobiography, La Détresse et l'enchantement, was published posthumously and translated in 1984 by Patricia Claxton, a prominent Quebec translator who is considered the primary translator of Gabrielle Roy's works from French to English. Her translation of Gabrielle Roy's autobiography, translated into English as Enchantment and Sorrow was awarded the Governor General's Award in 1987. The autobiography covers the years from Gabrielle Roy's childhood in Manitoba to the time when she settled in Quebec. The movie Tramp at the Door is dedicated to her and supposedly depicts her childhood. Patricia Claxton won her second Governor General's Award in 1999 for translating François Ricard's biography of Gabrielle Roy.


From 2004 to 2012 a quote by Gabrielle Roy was added to the Canadian twenty dollar bill that reads: "Could we ever know each other in the slightest without the arts?"

Family Life

Gabrielle was born in Manitoba, Canada and later moved to Quebec. Gabrielle married Marcel Carbotte, a gynecologist, in 1947.

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Currently, Gabrielle Roy is 113 years, 8 months and 8 days old. Gabrielle Roy will celebrate 114th birthday on a Wednesday 22nd of March 2023. Below we countdown to Gabrielle Roy upcoming birthday.


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