Gallant, Mavis (1922–)

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Gallant, Mavis (1922–)

Canadian novelist and short-story writer. Born Mavis de Trafford Young in 1922 in Montreal, Canada, to an English-speaking family; dau. of a painter; m. John Gallant, 1943 (div. 1946).

Worked as journalist for The Montreal Standard (1944–50), then became a frequent contributor to The New Yorker (publishing 119 pieces as of 1996); spent more than half of her life in Europe, living in Paris since 1960; short-story collections include The Other Paris: Stories (1956), My Heart is Broken: Eight Stories and a Short Novel (1964), The Pegnitz Junction: A Novella and Five Short Stories (1973), Home Truths: Selected Canadian Stories (1981), and In Transit (1988); novels include Green Water, Green Sky (1959) and A Fairly Good Time (1970); nonfiction includes Paris Journals: Essays and Reviews (1986). Made Officer of Order of Canada and received Governor General's Award (1981).

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