Alice Munro Brief Biography

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Congratulations Alice!!! Fathers: A Literary Anthology now contains pieces by six Nobel Laureates.

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“Pots can show malice, the patterns of linoleum can leer up at you, treachery is the other side of dailiness.” Winner of three Governor General’s Awards, two Giller Prizes, a WH Smith Literary Award, a PEN/Malamud Award, an O. Henry Award, a Man Booker International Prize, and numerous other awards and honours (including the 2013 Nobel prize for literature), Alice Munro is often compared to short story masters such as Anton Chekhov, James Joyce, Eudora Welty, Flannery O’Connor and Carson McCullers. Significant literary ancestors also include Emily and Charlotte Brontë, the Halldór Laxness of Independent People, and James Hogg. Born Alice Laidlaw, July 10, 1931, in Wingham, Ontario, Alice broke free of the hardscrabble existence of small-town, rural Canada with the help of a two-year scholarship to the University of Western Ontario and an early marriage (1951). Marriage was followed by a move to British Columbia and the birth of four children—the second of whom, Catherine, born without kidneys, died within two days. Munro sold her first short story to Mayfair magazine in 1953, the year her first daughter was born, and in 1968 her first collection of short stories, Dance of the Happy Shades, won a Governor General’s Award. As Munro’s reputation grew, many of her stories were first published in the New Yorker, before being gathered, arranged , and often rewritten in collections such as Who Do You Think You Are? (1978), The Progress of Love (1986), The Love of a Good Woman (1998), and Too Much Happiness (2009). Domestic in scale, epic in scope, Munro’s short stories use telling detail and clear, crisp prose to perturb reality. They bring out the extraordinary in the ordinary. Again and again, with unsentimental yet loving curiosity—and always with a sense of wonder—Munro tries to make sense of ordinary lives and the way in which such lives are shaped by powerful, often hidden forces of genetics, psyche, culture, history, imagination, character and chance. The shifting depths of her stories roil beneath surfaces “preserved as if under glass, bright as mustard or grimy as charcoal, with every shading in between.”

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