NCL 91 – The End of the World and Other Stories by Mavis Gallant


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The End of the World and Other Stories  was not included in Series One.


The End of the World and Other Stories by Mavis Gallant (New Canadian Library N91) front coverSeries Two

From the Back Cover:

Whether set in rural Quebec or in the faster-paced world of Paris, the short stories of Mavis Gallant are sensitive, beautiful works, crafted with wit and subtlety, compassion and profoundly human. Her characters, always deftly portrayed, squabble, grieve, dream, and struggle in the very real world of today, perceived with remarkable insight and realized in sharp, vividly detailed prose. Edmund Wilson, the noted American critic, referred to Mavis Gallant’s work as “more international than Canadian,” and it is this scope, this quality of broad universality, which distinguishes the stories in this volume, over half of which are collected here for the first time.

A Canadian expatriate now living in France, Mavis Gallant’s considerable reputation rests largely on her short stories, published primarily in The New Yorker. She has written two novels and three collections of stories. This present book is particularly significant, marking the first Canadian selection and publication of her work.


The End of the World and Other Stories by Mavis Gallant (New Canadian Library N91)Series Three

From the Back Cover:

“It is not often that one can say a writer’s work enlarges one’s understanding of life. We may say so honestly of the work of Mavis Gallant.” – Robertson Davies

The men and women who inhabit the short stories of Mavis Gallant fall in love, squabble, grieve, dream and ultimately survive in ways that reflect the human condition with deadly accuracy.

Whether set in rural Quebec or the cosmopolitan world of Paris, there stories are crafted with subtlety, compassion, and an irrepressible wit. Edmund Wilson, the noted American critic, described Gallant’s writing as “more international than Canadian,” and it is this scope, this quality of broad universality, which distinguishes the stories in this collection.

A Canadian expatriate now living in France, Mavis Gallant’s considerable reputation rests largely on her short stories, published primarily in The New Yorker.


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