On the subject of Gallant's first The New Yorker story, Madeline's Birthday, Mordecai Richler
—signing his name as Mordy—wrote to Douglas M. Gibson
to say i saw mavis's story in the new yorker. i'm...
This collection had an unusually complex and tortuous history. At one point AM
intended it to contain two groups of stories, those centred on the main character, Rose, and others involving another woman named Janet...
Her contract with Macmillan
was to give her an advance of $25,000 and royalties on the hardback of 10% on the first 10,000 copies, then 15%, and on the paperback 8% on the first 40,000...
selected the stories and chose the photographs, but was not much involved in the book's production since she was away in Ireland. Gibson
hoped this might become one in the New Canadian Library...