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Saturday, October 12, 2013


Alice Munro, 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature
Munro short stories on Open Culture:
Open Culture, a free cultural and educational media on the web is dedicated to providing works of contemporary literature to the public:

To read 12 of 2013 Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro’s short stories for free go to the following Open Culture link:

The above link also has an interview with Ms. Munro.

From Open Culture:

“...Calling her a “master of the contemporary short story,” the Swedish Academy awarded 82-year-old Alice Munro the Nobel Prize in Literature today. It is well-deserved, and hard-earned (and comes not long after she announced her retirement from fiction). After 14 story collections, Munro has reached at least a couple generations of writers with her psychologically subtle stories about ordinary men and women in Huron County, Ontario, her birthplace and home. Only the 13th woman writer to win the Nobel, Munro has previously won the Man Booker Prize in 2009, the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction in Canada three times (1968, 1978, and 1986), and two O. Henry Awards (2006 and 2008). Her regional fiction draws as much from her Ontario surroundings as does the work of the very best so-called “regional” writers, and captivating interactions of character and landscape tend drive her work more so than intricate plotting.

--- Munro was no young literary phenom—she did not achieve fame in her twenties with stories in The New Yorker. A mother of three children, she “learned to write in the slivers of time she had.” She published her first collection, Dance of the Happy Shades in 1968 at 37, an advanced age for writers today, so many of whom have several novels under their belts by their early thirties. Munro always meant to write a novel, many in fact, but “there was no way I could get that kind of time,” she said.

Munro short stories on Open Culture:
“A Red Dress—1946” (2012-13, Narrative—requires free sign-up)
“Amundson” (2012, The New Yorker)
“Train” (2012, Harper’s)
“To Reach Japan” (2012, Narrative—requires free sign-up)
“Gravel” (2011, The New Yorker)
“Deep Holes” (2008, The New Yorker)
“Free Radicals” (2008, The New Yorker)
“Face” (2008, The New Yorker)
“Dimension” (2006, The New Yorker)
“Passion” (2004, The New Yorker)
“Runaway” (2003, The New Yorker)

“Boys and Girls” (1968)

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