Monday April 8, 2002
one way, Marguerite Andersen is an adventurer. Born
in Germany, she has lived in France, Tunisia, Austria,
England, Ethiopia, the United States and in Quebec;
she presently lives in Toronto. In another way, she
is a rather serious woman: Staatsexamen (Freie Universität
Berlin), Ph.D. in French Studies (University of Montreal)
and an honorary doctorate (Mount Saint Vincent University,
Halifax). Plus hree children and seven grandchildren!
Portrait of Marguerite Andersen
by Anne Brown, 1994.
would have liked to be an actress, but to provide for
her needs and those of her children, she became a teacher.
This career saw her rise to the rank of full professor
and department chair.
a sabbatical leave, at the age of fifty-four, she wrote
a partially autobiographical novel with political and philosophical
mémoire de femme; the Union of the Québécois
writers decided that the book deserved the Prize of the
Journal de Montreal. This excellent beginning was
followed by the publication of more than ten works of fiction
and poetic prose. In 1995, a novel, La
Soupe, won the Grand Prize of the Salon du livre
collections of short stories, Courts
Métrages et Instantanés (1991) and
Crus de l'Esplanade (1998), have established Marguerite
Andersen a short story writer of renown. Today she directs
a francophone short story quarterly. Neither too adventurous
nor a recluse in an ivory tower, Marguerite Andersen is
quite simply an active woman.
© 2002 Marguerite
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