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article imageCanada’s Alice Munro wins Nobel Prize in Literature 2013

By Igor I. Solar     Oct 10, 2013 in Entertainment
Toronto - Canadian author Alice Munro, author of “The Moons of Jupiter” and “Dear Life”, among many other celebrated works, was chosen this morning for the Nobel Prize for Literature 2013.
Alice Munro (82) studied Journalism and English at the University of Western Ontario. During this period she worked as a waitress, a tobacco picker, and a library clerk. She abandoned her studies after her first marriage. Although she wrote her first set of stories in adolescence, she published her first work, a collection of short stories entitled "Dance of the Happy Shades", in 1968.
“Alice Munro is a master of the contemporary short story. She is fantastic describing human beings," said Peter Englund, spokesman of the Swedish Academy in announcing the award. The writer was a favorite for the prize, but had been overtaken in the predictions by Japanese writer Haruki Murakami, and American author Philip Roth.
Munro achieved great success with her first book of stories “Dance of the happy shades” (1968). Then, came “Who do you think you are?” (1978) and “The Progress of Love” (1986). Those three works made her deserve the Governor General's Award for Fiction, Canada's highest literary prize.
Munro was awarded the Canadian Booksellers Award for her second book of short-stories “Lives of Girls and Women” (1971). After publishing “Something I've Been Meaning to Tell You” (1974), she was appointed Writer in Residence at the University of Western Ontario. In 1985, The New York Times called her collection of stories “The Moons of Jupiter” (1985) as "one of the best books of the year."
Alice Munro is acclaimed for her sensitive story-telling, clarity and psychological realism. One of Munro’s most celebrated books is the collection “Dear life" (2012). She has been considered by some critics as "the Canadian Chekhov”. Munro specializes in short stories, and her work has been highly valued for the precision of her narrative and the observation of complex emotions, especially in women, through simple exposure of daily life in southwestern Ontario’s primordial atmosphere. Writer Jonathan Franzen in his book “Farther Away” has referred to Alice Munro as "the best writer of fiction currently active in North America."
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