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Alice Munro

(b. 1931)


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(1931– ),

Canadian short‐story writer, born in Wingham, Ontario, where she grew up. She spent two years at the University of Ontario, married, and moved to British Columbia. Each of her collections, Dance of the Happy Shades (1968), Who Do You Think You Are? (1978; UK title: The Beggar Maid), and The Progress of Love (1986), won the Governor General's Award. Her other collections include Friend of My Youth (1990), Lives of Girls and Women (1971), Open Secrets (1994), and Runaway (2004). Munro describes herself as writing about ‘places where your roots are’, in her case, small‐town southern Ontario, whose texture and unremarkable lives engage her imaginative sympathy. The stories in her recent collection The View from Castle Rock (2006) are based on the history of her ancestors, dating from 1700 in the Scottish Borders. Her mastery of the short‐story form is superb, and combines poetic intensity and economy with the surprising scope and depth of a novel.

Subjects: Literature.


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