Hémon, Louis (lwē āmôNˈ) [key], 1880–1913, French Canadian novelist, b. France. After working as a journalist for French publications in England (1903–11), he moved to Quebec, where he worked as a farm hand. He was killed by a train in 1913. Of his four posthumously published novels, one, Maria Chapdelaine (1914), has become a classic of French Canadian literature. A harsh, realistic story of pioneer life in Quebec, it profoundly influenced subsequent Canadian authors.