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Marguerite Andersen

Francophone writer and educator

Marguerite Andersen

Marguerite Andersen in 2006
Born(1924-10-15)October 15, 1924
DiedOctober 1, 2022(2022-10-01) (aged 97)
  • Novelist
  • poet
  • professor
Notable works
  • Le figuier sur le toit
  • La mauvaise mère

Marguerite Andersen CM (October 15, 1924 – October 1, 2022) was a German-born Canadian francophone writer and educator writer, who was based in Toronto, Ontario, where she was a teacher at the Toronto Linden School.

Life and career

Andersen was born in Germany and received the Staatsexamen at the Free University of Berlin and studied at France's Sorbonne. She came to Canada in 1958 after living in various countries such as England, Ethiopia, Tunisia and the United States. Her Ph.D. in French Studies is from the Université de Montréal.

Andersen also taught at Concordia University, Mount St. Vincent University and the University of Guelph.

In 1996, Andersen produced a play at Factory Theatre in Toronto called Stations in a Painter's Life about German-born Canadian artist Christiane Pflug, based on the life of the artist until her suicide in 1972.

From 1998, she was editor for the quarterly French literary journal Virages ISSN 1203-8792.

Andersen won the 2009 French-language Trillium Award, category "Prix de poésie Trillium" for her book Le figuier sur le toit and 2014 in the category "Prix du livre d'enfant Trillium" for La mauvaise mère.[1][2]

In December 2016, Andersen was named a Member of the Order of Canada.[3]

Andersen died on October 1, 2022, at the age of 97.[4]

Selected works


  • 1996: Christiane : Stations in a Painter's Life*, Festival The Gathering, Factory Theatre, Toronto, 1996.
  • 1996–97: La Fête, Prix O'Neill-Karsh, mises en lecture Théâtre La Catapulte, Ottawa, 1997 et Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario, Sudbury, 1996.

See also


  1. ^ "Andersen, twice". Archived from the original on 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2017-11-19.
  2. ^ "Les finalistes du Prix Trillium 2014 dévoilés". Retrieved 2022-10-08. (in French)
  3. ^ "Order of Canada's newest appointees include Paralympian, Supreme Court judge and astrophysicist". CBC News, December 30, 2016.
  4. ^ "Décès de l'écrivaine franco-ontarienne Marguerite Andersen". Retrieved 2022-10-08. (in French)
  5. ^ Backhouse, Constance (1981). ""Calculated to Reflect on the Dignity of Parliament": Rape in the House of Commons, Ottawa 1929". In Flaherty, David H. (ed.). Essays in the History of Canadian Law: Volume X - A Tribute to Peter Oliver. University of Toronto Press, Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History. pp. 33–57. ISBN 0-8020-9911-4.
  6. ^ Pelletier, Jean Yves (June 15, 2015). "Auger, Louis Mathias". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved September 14, 2019.

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