Book-length reprinting of the classic New Yorker piece about a scandalous relationship between a teacher and her student, written by Mavis Gallant, a journalist who became the inspiration for Lucinda Krementz, the character played by Frances McDormand in Wes Anderson's film The French Dispatch.
From the dust jacket: "Her suicide in 1969 was the climax of a sensational case, a cause célèbre that still reverberates throughout France. Her letters from prison record her ordeal. In a long and brilliant interpretive essay, Mavis Gallant tells the story of the gifted and admired 30-year old teacher whose love affair with a boy of 16 resulted in her prosecution, imprisonment, political harassment, and ultimate destruction. The boy with whom she fell passionately, romantically in love was one of her pupils at the lycée in Marseilles where she taught languages and literature. At sixteen, while he had the appearance of a man in his mid-twenties, he was in every other sense an adolescent.
Mm Russier at thirty looked like a girl of eighteen. Although divorced and the mother of nine-year old twins, and highly developed intellectually, she was emotionally very young—with the almost childish naïveté of someone who has derived the major part of her experience from literature, from cinema, from the abstract life of the mind.
Mavis Gallant's long and moving introductory essay brilliantly interprets the Affair of Gabrielle Russier in the context of French society, whose basic rigidities go unperceived by the outside world.”
- Publisher : Alfred A. Knopf (January 1, 1971)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0394469240
- ISBN-13 : 978-0394469249
- Item Weight : .88 pounds
All copies are used, but guaranteed in acceptable to good condition.