CHRONOLOGY OF ANDREE CHEDID'S LIFE & WORKS

 

 

March 20, 1920

 

Andrée SAAB is born in Cairo, Egypt to Alice (Khoury-Haddad) GODEL and Selim SAAB.  Her mother's family was from Damascus, Syria and her father's family was from Baabda in Lebanon.

1926-34 

Elementary education:  a boarder at a Sacred Heart school in Cairo

1934-38

Secondary education:  a boarder at a Catholic secondary school in Paris

1942

B.A. in journalism from the American University in Cairo

August 23, 1942 

Marriage to Louis CHEDID, her cousin, medical student

1943 

Publication of her first collection of poetry in English, On the Trails of My Fancy  in Cairo. She chooses the pseudonym, A. Lake or A. Lac in French: Louis/Andrée/Chedid. The critics at the time think that this poet is a soldier returning from the war.

1943-46 

Spends three years in Lebanon while her husband completes medical school

April 13, 1945 

A daughter, Michèle, is born in Beirut, Lebanon. She is currently a painter who resides with her family in Luxembourg

1946 

Moves to Paris where both she and her husband become French citizens; Dr. Louis Chedid begins his work at the Pasteur Institute.

January 1, 1948 

A son, Louis, born in Ismailia, Egypt; currently a composer and singer of popular music. His son, Mathieu, known as "M" is the latest singing sensation in France.

1949 

Publication of her first collection of poetry in French, Textes pour une figure

1950 

Publication of Textes pour un poème (poetry); she will use this title for  her first anthology in 1987

1952 

Publication of her first novel, Le Sommeil delivré

1953 

Textes pour le vivant (poetry)

1955

Textes pour la terre aimée (poetry); Jonathan (novel); second version of this novel: Mon ennemi, mon frère  appears in 1982

1956

Terre et poésie (poetry)

1957

Terre regardée (poetry)

1960

Seul le visage,(poetry); her third novel, Le Sixième jour will become the text for a film directed by Youssef *   Chahine in  1986

1963

Le Survivant (novel)

1965

Double-Pays (poetry); L'Etroite peau (short stories)

1966

Prix Louise Labé for her poetry

1968

Contre-chant (poetry); beginning of her current collaboration with the publisher, Flammarion; three plays, Bérénice d'Egypte, Les Nombres and Le Personnage are also published; Le Coeur et le temps (poems for children)

1969

L'Autre (novel) will become the text for the film of the same name, directed by Bernard Giraudeau in 1990; Le Montreur (theatre); Le Liban (essay) 

1971

Visage premier (poetry)

1972

Prix de l'Aigle d'or for her poetry; La Cité fertile (novel); Le Dernier candidat (theatre)

1973

Fêtes et Lubies (poetry); Prendre corps (poetry) 

1974

Voix multiples (poetry); Néfertiti et le rêve d'Akhnaton (novel); Guy Levis-Mano (essay)

1975

Grand Prix des Lettres Françaises de l'Académie Royale de Belgique; Prix de l'Afrique Méditerranéenne

1976

Prix de l'Académie Mallarmé for her poetry; Fraternité de la  parole (poetry); Cérémonial de la violence (poetry)

1977

La Mort devant (engraving by Bernard Carlier); Andrée Chedid: Poètes d'aujourd'hui (Seghers)

1978

Cadences de l'univers: six poèmes (illustrated volume by Roger Bertemes); Sommeil contradictoire (illustrated volume by Jean Gourmelin); Les Corps et le temps, suivi de l'Etroite peau (short stories) 

1979

Bourse Goncourt de la nouvelle; Cavernes et soleils (poetry); Navigation des hommes (illustrated volume by H.E. Kalinowski); Lubies (children’s book)

1980

La Fête à Zouzou (illustrated volume by Mariette); Grandes oreilles, tout oreilles (children’s book)

1981

Les Marches de sable (novel); Théâtre I (Bérénice d'EgypteLes Nombres, Le Montreur) (first anthology of theatre)

1982

Mon ennemi, mon frère (novel) (second version of Jonathan)

1983

Epreuves du vivant (poetry); Derrière les visages (short stories); L’Etrange mariée (children’s book)

1984

Echec à la reine (theatre); Grammaire in fête (children's book)

1985

7 plantes pour un herbier (illustrated volume by Tanguy Dohollau); La Maison sans racines (novel)

1986

Prix Pierre Régnier de l'Académie Française; Sept textes  pour un chant (illustrated volume by Donatienne Sapriel); the film, Le Sixième jour, directed by Youssef Chahine, is released. Prix Pierre Régnier de l'Académie Française; Sept textes  pour un chant (illustrated volume of poetry); the film, Le Sixième jour, directed by Youssef Chahine, is released.

1987

Textes pour un poème (1949-1970) (first anthology of poetry)

1988

Receives honorary degree from her alma mater, the American University in Cairo; Mondes, Miroirs, Magies (short stories)

1989

Prix des Bibliothèques pour Tous, L'Enfant multiple (novel)

1990

Grand Prix de la Poésie de la Société des Gens de Lettres; Prix Gutenberg

1991

Prix France Liban; Prix Pen Club Français; Poèmes pour un texte (1970-1991) (second anthology of poetry); Au vif des vivants (illustrated volume by Marc Pessin); Poèmes (illustrated volume by Jacques Izoard); Andrée ChedidTextes pour un poème, Poèmes pour un texte (audiocassette); the film, L’Autre (based on her novel), directed by Bernard Giraudeau, is released for which Giraudeau is nominated for a César under the category of Best First Work; Inauguration of the Chedid Media Library (renovated in 2013) in Meilleraie Tillay (Vendée)

1992

A la mort, à la vie (short stories); Géricault & Andrée Chedid (illustrated volume) Second version: Dans le soleil du père, published in 1996; Les Saisons de passage (illustrated volume by Michel Lablais); Marées (illustrated volume by Vilato)

1993

Rencontrer l'inespéré (poetry); Etats: de l'image, du souffle et des mots (illustrated volume by Javier Vilato); La Femme de Job (récit); Théâtre II (Le Personnage, Echec à la reine) (second anthology of theatre)

1994

Prix Paul Morand de l'Académie Française; Prix des Quatre Jurys; Le Grain nu (illustrated volume); Les Métamorphoses de Batine (illustrated volume by Solvej  Crévelier); Reflets (illustrated by Jacques Clauzel); Territoires du silence (illustrated by Novoa); A Travers (illustrated volume); La Femme en rouge et autres  nouvelles (short stories)

1995

Par delà les mots (poetry); Petit Horoscope pour rire (illustrated volume by Jacques Clauzel); Conference: Andrée Chedid, novelist and poet, (May 19-20) organized by Sergio Villani at York University, Toronto, Canada.

1996

Prix Albert Camus; Sept: sept textes de Chedid et sept gravures d'Erik Bersou (illustrated volume); Les Saisons de passage (récit); Dans le soleil du père (second version of Géricault & Andrée Chedid); Chedid translates the poetry of Alfredo Silva Estrada, Saveur des traces, from Spanish into French; Publication of the conference proceedings at York University: Andrée Chedid: Chantier de l'écrit (Editions Albion Press).

1997

Le Jardin perdutexte de Chedid et calligraphie de Hassan Massoudy (illustrated volume); Origines (illustrated volume by Jacques Clauzel); Naître plus loin*(children’s book)

1998

Lucy, la femme verticale (récit); Verlaine, l'athlète et moi, suivi de Le Fauteuil vide (récits); Romans (anthology of novels); Automne (illustrated volume by Jacques Clauzel) ); a television program,Un Siècle d’écrivains (France 3), devotes an entire program to Andrée Chedid and her work

1999

Prix SACEM for poetry; Territoires du souffle (poetry); Guerres (illustrated volume by Erik Bersou); L'Artiste et autres nouvelles (short stories); Contre-recettes d’une sous-douée (children’s book)

2000

Prix International de Poésie Emmanuel Roblès; Le Message (novel); Le Souffle des choses (illustrated volume by Michèle Moreau); Radio interview with Louis Chedid (France-Inter); Television interview with Catherine Ceylac (Thé ou café, France 2); Television interview with Bernard Pivot (Bouillon de Culture, France 2); Interview with Pascale Frey (Special issue of Lire); L'Ecorce et le destin  (illustrated volume by Jacques Clauzel); Ambiences  (illustrated volume by Xavier)

2001

Prix Côté Femmes, Prix Louis Jouilloux, Grand Prix Paul Morand (for her entire works)

2002

Petite terre, vaste rêve (récit); Babel: Fable ou métaphore? (with Louis Chedid); Bourse Goncourt de la poésie (for her entire works); Emerveillements (illustrated volume by Jacques Clauzel). Conference: Aux frontières des deux genres, en hommage à Andrée Chedid (May 10-12) organized by Carmen Boustani à the Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon; Conference: Andrée Chedid, racines et liberté (May 27) organized by Université Villtaneuse (Paris 13) under the direction of Jacques Girault and Bernard Lecherbonnier.

2003

Rythmes (poetry) is her first work published by Gallimard, Poursuites( illustrated volume by Xavier); Publication of the conference proceedings at the Lebanese University, Aux frontières des deux genres, en hommage à Andrée Chedid (Editions Karthala).

2004

Publication of the conference proceedings: Andrée ChedidRacines et Liberté (L'Harmattan)

 

2005

Andrée Chedid:  Entre Nil et Seine:  Entretiens avec Brigitte Kernel (interviews with Brigitte Kernel)

2006

 

 

2009


2010

Vitesse de la lumière - Instantanés (illustrated volume by Christian Broutin, preface by Françoise Dax-Boyer); Andrée Chedid: A Bibliography by Roger E. Stoddard (Paris: Librairie Benoît Forgeot)

 

Promoted to the rank of Grand Officer of the French Legion of Honor

 

Les Quatre morts de Jean de Dieu (novel); L’Etoffe de l’univers (poetry)

 

February 6, 2011

 

 

March 20, 2011


June 15, 2011

Death of Andrée Chedid at the age of 90 in Paris from Alzheimer's. She is buried in Montparnasse Cemetery. A quotation by Chrétien de Troyes is engraved on her tombstone: Le corps s'en va, le coeur séjourne.

 

Publication of her last poem, De cet amour, illustrated by Xavier on March 20, the day of her birth.

 

Tribute to Andrée Chedid, organized by Evelyne Accad, Anne Craver et Christiane Makward at Libraire L'Harmattan, Espace Méditerranée/IReMMO, Paris, France.

 

October 19, 2011

 

 

2013

 

 

 


2014

Bertrand Delanoë, Mayor of Paris, renames the Beaugrenelle Library (15th arrondissement) in honor of Andrée Chedid; Andrée Chedid Media Library in Villemoisson-sur-Orge (Essonne) is created.

 

Publication of the 2011 tribute: Andrée Chedid, je t'aime: Hommages, souvenirs et lettres (Editions alfAbarre); Inauguration of the Andrée Chedid Media Library in Seyne-sur-Mer (Var); Establishment of the Andrée Chedid Primary School in Rennes (Ille-et-Vilaine), Andrée Chedid Elementary School in Saint Nazaire (Loire-Atlantique) and an Andrée Chedid High School in Aigrefeuille-sur-Maine (Loire-Atlantique); Andrée Chedid Media Library (Belencontre) in Tourcoing (Nord).

 

Publication of Poèmes (anthology of 10 volumes of poetry) with a preface by Carmen Boustani.

 

2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017

 

On the fifth anniversary of Chedid's death, March 4-31, the city of Issy-les-Moulineaux honors her with lectures, exhibits and performances; Opening: March 8: in the presence of Dr. Louis Chedid who donated manuscripts, collages and books signed by Andrée Chedid; Lectures: March 10: Andrée Chedid: sculpteur des mots et son chantier du poème by Anne Craver; March 17: Sur les chemins de l'imaginaire by Judy Cochran; March 25: Andrée Chedid: historie d'un portrait par Carmen Boustani; Exhibits: March 4-31: Andrée Chedid and Xavier in pursuit of wonder and Sur les chemins de l'imaginaire, a perspective of the first poetic volume of Chedid, On the Trails of my Fancy and its translation, Sur les chemins de l'imaginaire (L'Harmattan) by Judy Cochran.

 

Opening of the Andrée Chedid School in Blain (Loire-Atlantique) in the Fall.

 

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