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Canadian Writer Alice Munro, dies at 92

By May 14, 2024Authors, News

“The Master of the short story”, Canadian writer Alice Munro has died at the age of 92. Munro wrote for more than 60 years, often focusing on life in rural Canada. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2013, she was known for her insight and detail and was often compared to Russian writer Anton Chekhov.

Alice Munro was born in 1931 in Ontario, Canada and many of her stories are set in that area. The daughter of a fox farmer and schoolteacher, she was class valedictorian in high school and received a scholarship for University of Western Ontario in London. She had the highest standing in English of any student who applied.

Munro’s first major breakthrough in literature came in 1968 when her short story collection, Dance of The Happy Shades won the Governor General’s Award, Canada’s most respected literary prize.

In her life, she published more than a dozen collections of short stories, many of them chronicled in periodicals, and even adapted for screen, like The Bear Came Over the Mountain from Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage: Stories, which was made into the 2016 film Away from Her.

In addition to the Nobel Prize In Literature and The Governor General’s Award, Munro also won the Man Booker Prize for lifetime achievement in 2009 as well as a raft of literary awards during her long career.

Alice Munro died at her care home in Port Hope, Ontario on 13th May, she is survived by her four children.

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