Gallant, Mavis
orig. Mavis de Trafford Young

born Aug. 11, 1922, Montreal, Que., Can.

Canadian-born French writer.

She moved to Europe in 1950 and settled in Paris. Her essays, novels, plays, and especially short stories delineate in unsentimental prose and with trenchant wit the isolation, detachment, and fear that afflict rootless North American and European expatriates. The New Yorker has published more than 100 of her stories (more than of any other writer) and much of her nonfiction.

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▪ Canadian author
original name  Mavis De Trafford Young 
born August 11, 1922, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
 
 Canadian-born writer of essays, novels, plays, and especially short stories, almost all of which were published initially in The New Yorker magazine. In unsentimental prose and with trenchant wit she delineated the isolation, detachment, and fear that afflict rootless North American and European expatriates.

      Until age 10, Gallant received a bilingual education in a Roman Catholic French school where she was the only Protestant. Uprooted from her home when her father died, Gallant was left behind in Canada when her mother remarried and moved to the United States. She later attended 17 different schools in Canada and the United States. Following graduation from high school in New York City, Gallant worked in Montreal at the National Film Board and as a reporter for the Montreal Standard.

      From 1950 she lived mostly in Europe, eventually settling in France. In the 1950s she became a regular contributor to The New Yorker magazine, which published more than 100 of her short stories and much of her nonfiction. Collections of her well-constructed, perceptive, often humorous short stories include My Heart Is Broken (1964), The Pegnitz Junction (1973), Home Truths: Selected Canadian Stories (1981), Overhead in a Balloon: Stories of Paris (1985), In Transit (1988), and Across the Bridge (1993). The Collected Stories of Mavis Gallant (1996) was the first of a number of later selections of her work, including Paris Stories (2002) and Varieties of Exile (2003; also published as Montreal Stories).

Additional Reading
Janice Kulyk Keefer, Reading Mavis Gallant (1989); Neil K. Besner, The Light of Imagination: Mavis Gallant's Fiction (1988); Danielle Schaub, Mavis Gallant (1998).

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