Rea Award for Short Story
Alice Munro
Alice Munro


Conversation with Alice Munro

Mona Simpson's Review of Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage from The Atlantic Online

Biography of Alice Munro webpage at the University of Calgary

Entry in the Canadian and World Encyclopedia.

Alice Munro grew up in Wingham, Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario. She has published nine collections of stories: Dance of the Happy Shades [1968], Something I've Been Meaning To Tell You [1974], The Beggar Maid [1978], The Moons of Jupiter [1982], The Progress of Love [1986], Friend of My Youth [1990], Open Secrets [1994], Selected Stories [1996],The Love of a Good Woman [1998] and her latest collection Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage [2001]. She has also written a novel, Lives of Girls and Women [1990].

During her distinguished career she has been the recipient of many awards and prizes, including three Governor General's Literary Awards: Canada's highest; the Lannan Literary Award; the W.H. Smith Award, give to Open Secrets as the best book published in the United Kingdom in 1995; and the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Love of a Good Woman. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Paris Review , and other publications. Her short story collections have been translated into thirteen languages.

Alice Munro and her husband divide their time between Clinton, Ontario, near Lake Huron, and Comox, British Columbia. Her new book, Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage -- a collection of stories-- will be published by Knopf in November 2001.

Described by The New York Times as "the only living writer in the English language to have made a major career out of short fiction alone," Munro's work has been compared to that of Flannery O'Conner, George Eliot, and Anton Chekhov. Mona Simpson, writing in The Atlantic Monthly, described Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage as "a book that must be owned....The highest compliment a critic can pay a short-story writer is to say that he or she is our Chekhov. More than one writer has made that claim for Alice Munro."

The 2001 Rea Award jurors, Maureen Howard, James Salter and Edmund White, cited the following in regard to Alice Munro's writing:

    "For many years the Canadian writer Alice Munro has astonished her readers with stoires that are magical and wise. The magic is in her art as a storyteller, in her exquisitely modulated prose -- lyrical, exacting, at time comical -- which captures the lives of her charatcers, both women and men, attempting to understand their personal histories in the larger sweep of history. Munro's configuration of time is Chekovian, supple in its bright flashes of insight, connection; shadowed in its strokes of disappointment, separation and loss. Long honored as a master of short fiction, Munro's searching narrators often draw the reader to contemplate the devices of storytelling itself, the mysterious ways in which we distort reality, reconfigure the past to avoid or embrace revelation."

    "Munro's wisdom lies in her ability to protray the close-up, the self-dramatizing moment or limited vision then draw back for the complex and informing view. As one of her most endearing characters discovers, you can 'look up from your life of the moment and feel the world crackling beyond the walls.' In her art of the story, Alice Munro encourages us to reflect, to see our own time and place and perhaps to redeem, if not ourselves, at least our own stories in the larger setting of the world."

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