Alice Munro is acclaimed for her finely tuned storytelling, which is characterised by clarity and psychological realism.
Canadian Alice Munro, 82 yrs old, is awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature "master of the contemporary story".
Monro beat out front runner Haruki Murakami, this year to become the 13th woman and 110th Nobel Laureate to win to the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Munro had a great run critically and commercially with her first collection of stories, Dance of the Happy Shades (1968) garnering almost universal acclaim and winning her the Governor General's Award, Canada’s highest literary prize.
She followed up that success with Girls and Women in 1971, a collection of interlinked stories so well written that it is often mistakenly considered as one novel.
Another crowning achievement in her career was in 1978, when she published another collection of interlinked stories entitled The Beggar Maid: Stories of Flo and Rose in the United States. This collection of stories earned her, her second Governor General’s Literary Award.
For the next few years she travelled around and write at prestigious universities like the University of British Columbia and the University of Queensland, after which she started publishing a wide range of short stories through the next few years.
Her achievements include winning the 2009 Man Booker International Prize for her lifetime body of work, as well as being a three-time recipient of Canada's Governor General's Award for fiction and now she can another feather in her hat as a Nobel Laureate.
Alice Munro's stories frequently appear in publications such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Grand Street, Mademoiselle, and The Paris Review.
The official Nobel Prize website has also released a comprehensive bio on Alice Monro, to read more visit the site.
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