Critic and polemicist, Victor-Lévy Beaulieu has published articles in almost every newspaper in Quebec, notably Le Devoir. Beaulieu, who once lived in Saint-Jean-de-Dieu, the setting for The Grandfathers, never completed his post-secondary studies, working instead in a bank and then as a secretary to a script writer. For five years he was Editions du Jour’s literary director, finally leaving to found his own publishing house, L’Aurore. In addition, he taught at Université du Québec and is a dedicated reader of both French and English classics. Les Grands-pères, awarded the Grand Prix littéraire of Montreal in 1972, and Jack Kérouac ‘the first liberated novel of the future' according to Claude Mauriac, have been published in Paris.