Mavis Gallant’s agent was a crook

The reason Gallant was a starving writer in Spain was that payments for several stories in the New Yorker were kept by her agent, Jacques Chambrun. She wasn’t the only client he robbed. This entry in the New Yorker blog, describes Chambrun’s larcenous career including his embezzlement of $30,000 from W. Somerset Maugham.

There is a moral to this story, I guess, for those of us pining for an agent.

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One comment on “Mavis Gallant’s agent was a crook

  1. Steve High on said:

    The difference is that Maugham probably thought he’d left the money in his other suit. His little fuck-shack in the south of France is now a 12-star hotel.

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