Gallant was born in 1922 as Mavis Leslie Young as the only child in a failed family. Her father died young and his mother married again very soon. Mavis was brought up in numerous public and convent schools, including a French-speaking boarding school, and lived temporarily in a foster home in New England.
After her schooling Gallant went back to Canada and worked briefly in the editing room of the Canadian National Film Board. In 1944, she was a reporter for the Montreal Standard. She married musician John Gallant from Winnipeg. The couple was, however, soon divorced. By the year 1950, she published her first short story, as well as for the magazine and its newspaper The Northern Review Yukon College in Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory.
1950 Gallant decided to leave Canada, went to Europe and finally settled in Paris, where they last lived. Many of its more than 100 short stories published as first editions in the U.S. magazine The New Yorker. Only after three decades she found in her home recognition and honors. Their second home is France at its plant attention. Many of their stories of lonely children and young people and so reflect her own difficult childhood. Other topics are stories about people who have left their homes and feel just as guests or tourists in the new environment.
Honors and Awards
Short stories and novellas: