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Nobel Prize-Winning Author Alice Munro Dead at 92

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Nobel laureate Alice Munro, best known as one of the world’s most esteemed contemporary authors, passed away this week at the age of 92.

The news of Munro’s death was confirmed by a spokesperson for Penguin Random House Canada.

A spokesperson for publisher Penguin Random House Canada said Munro, winner of the Nobel literary prize in 2013, died Monday at home in Port Hope, Ontario. Munro had been in frail health for years and often spoke of retirement, a decision that proved final after the author’s 2012 collection, “Dear Life.”

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Throughout her career, Munro mastered the ability to tell stories set in her native Canada, while simultaneously captivating audiences worldwide. Alice received numerous honors from around the world, including the Nobel Prize, theMan Booker International Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Governor General’s Award, and the Giller Prize.

In an interview, Munro was asked why she preferred to write short stories instead of novels.

Munro was born on July 10, 1931, in Ontario, Canada. After graduating from high school, Alice attended the University of Western Ontario on a two-year scholarship, majoring in English and journalism, while working jobs such as a waitress and a library clerk. After leaving university in 1951, she married her classmate James Munro. The couple moved to West Vancouver, Canada, for James to find work. In 1963, James and Alice moved to Victoria, where they opened Munro’s Books, which is still in operation today.

The first success of Munro’s career, “Dance of the Happy Shades” (1968), won Canada’s highest literary prize, theGovernor General’s Award. Munro followed up this success with “Lives of Girls and Women” (1971).

Alice was able to sustain her success from the beginning of her career in 1968 until 2012. Beginning in 1980, Munro released a short story collection at least once every four years, which would later be featured in journals such as Grand Street, Harper’s Magazine, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Narrative Magazine.

In 2013, Alice received the Nobel Prize in Literature, which is awarded annually to the author who has produced the most outstanding work in an idealistic direction.

Rest in peace!

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