Friday, June 18, 2010

Graduation Commencement Speaker: Norman Beaupre

photo by Nick Cowenhoven

Norman Beaupré was born in Southern Maine and grew up speaking French in Biddeford, Maine. He did his undergraduate studies at St. Francis College in Biddeford Pool and then moved on to Brown University for graduate work and received his Ph.D. in French literature in 1974.

In 2000, he became Professor Emeritus after 30 years of teaching Francophone and World Literature at the University of New England. Traveling extensively, he spent two sabbaticals in Europe where he got the inspiration for several of his books.

Beaupré writes in French and in English. His first book, L'Enclume et le Couteau - the Life and Works of Adelard Coté, was published in 1982 by the National Materials Development Center in Bedford, N.H and is now out of print.

Last summer, La Souillonne, Deusse, was released by Llumina Press. It is a sequel to his very well received 2006 book, La Souillonne, monologue sur scène. La Souillonne was performed in Paris in October 2007 with a Maine actress, Marie Cormier. Then it was on to Dijon and Angers.

In 2009, Beaupre released Voix Francophones de Chez Nous, a collection of tales and stories in French with several contributors who each wrote their tales and the English translation of his very popular earlier work, La Souillonne.

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