by Lindesay Irvine)
he revered Canadian short-story writer Mavis Gallant has died aged 91, in her adopted city of Paris.
Less widely-known than her compatriot Alice Munro, Gallant was nonetheless regarded by many of her peers as a master of the form, with more than 100 of her stories published since 1951 in the New Yorker.
Born in Montreal in 1922, she very early formed the ambition to live in Paris, and had lived there since her 20s.
Her stories of often lost and alienated souls were compared to Chekhov, Henry James and George Eliot. She published some 15 story collections, including The Other Paris, Across the Bridge and In Transit. Jhumpa Lahiri, author of the bestselling Unaccustomed Earth, described her as the single most significant influence on her writing.
She also wrote two novels, Green Water, Green Sky and A Fairly Good Time, as well as the play What is to be Done?