Emile Nelligan, Le vaisseau d'or
Date of Issue
May 3, 1979
Series Time Span
Perforation or Dimension
Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.
Based on a woodcut illustration by Monique Charbonneau. Designed by Jean Morin.
Born in Montreal in 1879, Émile Nelligan was the son of a French Canadian mother and an Irish father who worked for the Post Office. Nelligan took little interest in his schooling, but became fascinated with poetry. He was influenced, but not dominated, by the works of several poets from France and he attained a personal, rather melancholy style. Nelligan wrote most of his poetry between 1897 and 1899, the year he sank into a deep depression, never to recover. He spent the rest of his life in asylums and died in St-Jean-de-Dieu in 1941. His most famous work, a presentiment of his own psychological fate, is a poem called "Le vaisseau d'or" (The Golden Ship). Monique Charbonneau designed the woodcut illustration using the Japanese inking technique called ukiyo-e.
Canada. Post Office Department. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1979.
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