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The Collected Stories


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MAVIS GALLANT was born in Quebec, Canada, in 1922. She began her career as a journalist, before switching to fiction in 1950. She moved to Paris a decade later, and spent the rest of her life there. She published 116 stories in The New Yorker over the course of her career; in addition, she wrote two novels, a play, and a collection of essays. A recipient of the 2002 Rea Award for the Short Story and the 2004 PEN/Nabokov Award for lifetime achievement, she died in 2014 at the age of ninety-one.


"One of the most brilliant story writers in the language."
--The New Yorker

"A terrifyingly good writer."
--Margaret Atwood "Gallant's talent is as versatile and witty as it is somber and empathetic."
--John Updike

"Funny, exacting, and stern . . . Gallant's chronicles of internal and external exile are a fitting tribute to a diasporic century."
--The Guardian (London) "Mavis Gallant has a technical daring and an innovative freedom that, as in a painting by Vel squez, remain hidden unless you look closely, pay attention, and at the same time manage to surrender to the mystery of art . . . She places a huge amount of faith in her reader's intelligence, a faith which demands and rewards careful reading. But she's also very funny, and a great deal of fun. Her stories are full of satisfying reverses and breathtaking passages of dazzlingly precise, virtuosic writing."
--from the new Introduction by Francine Prose

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