Norman R. Beaupré
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, it is now being reprinted.
Earlier this year, Beaupré released The Day the Horses Went to the Fair, a singular novel in that it is not all fiction but an amalgamation of biography, art history and some fiction to make it a creatively cohesive work.
Norman Beaupré has just published his 23rd book entitled Lucienne, La Simple d'Esprit, a story of three Québécois generations from Batiscan, two of which emigrate to New England to work in the textile mills.
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