Internationally Acclaimed Canadian Writer, Gallant, Dies At 91

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Several sources have confirmed that an internationally acclaimed Canadian short story writer, Mavis Gallant, has passed away at the age of 91 while she was living in Paris. It is reported that her funeral will take place on Saturday. Canadian-born Gallant began formally publishing her stories in the New Yorker in the 1950s, and soon formed a career as a journalist in Montreal. However, she later moved to Paris in order to pursue fiction writing instead.

During an interview with Paris Review, Gallant stated that “I wanted to live in Paris and write nothing but fiction and be perfectly free. I had decided all this had to be settled by the time I was thirty, and so I gave up my job and moved to Paris at twenty-eight. I just held my breath and jumped. I didn’t even look to see if there was water in the pool.” Meanwhile, Gallant did not acquire much fame in Canada until her stories were published there by McClelland and Stewart in the late 1970s. Thereafter, she went on to achieve a number of awards in Canada including the Governor-General’s Award and the Order of Canada.

Gallant experienced an unsettled childhood since her father passed away when she was 10 and she had to move frequently with her mother and stepfather, experiences of which are reflected in her work. Knopf has announced to publish her journals later this year, an excerpt of which can be read in the New Yorker.

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