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Also Known As: Alice Ann Laidlaw, Alice Ann Munro Died:
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One of Canada's most lauded writers, Alice Munro has been heralded as a modern master of the short-story form. Raised in rural Ontario, Munro began publishing her fiction during the early 1950s, though her first story collection, Dance of the Happy Shades, didn't see the light of day until 1968. Met with considerable acclaim, the book prompted the author to pursue literature more actively, leading to numerous subsequent story volumes. Often favorably compared to American Southern Gothic tales, Munro's stories tend to focus on the complex emptions of Canadian women dealing with love and life. Although Munro's writing has been adapted in to television and film productions occasionally over the years, no adaptation reached a wide audience until actress, director and fellow Canadian Sarah Polley translated the story "The Bear Came Over the Mountain" into the feature film "Away from Her" (2006), which yielded two Oscar nominations. Over the years, Munro won many prestigious awards and announced her retirement during the summer of 2013, but that didn't stop generations of readers, both old and new, from marveling at her richly emotional stories.

One of Canada's most lauded writers, Alice Munro has been heralded as a modern master of the short-story form. Raised in rural Ontario, Munro began publishing her fiction during the early 1950s, though her first story collection, Dance of the Happy Shades, didn't see the light of day until 1968. Met with considerable acclaim, the book prompted the author to pursue literature more actively, leading to numerous subsequent story volumes. Often favorably compared to American Southern Gothic tales, Munro's stories tend to focus on the complex emptions of Canadian women dealing with love and life. Although Munro's writing has been adapted in to television and film productions occasionally over the years, no adaptation reached a wide audience until actress, director and fellow Canadian Sarah Polley translated the story "The Bear Came Over the Mountain" into the feature film "Away from Her" (2006), which yielded two Oscar nominations. Over the years, Munro won many prestigious awards and announced her retirement during the summer of 2013, but that didn't stop generations of readers, both old and new, from marveling at her richly emotional stories.

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 Voices on the Water (1987) Writer
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1968:
First story collection, <i>Dance of the Happy Shades</i>, published
1971:
Second book, <i>Lives of Girls and Women</i>, released
1978:
<i>Who Do You Think You Are?</i> published
1984:
Short-film adaptation of "Boys and Girls" won Oscar
1996:
TV movie of <i>Lives of Girls & Women</i> aired on CBC
1998:
<i>The Love of a Good Woman</i> released
2001:
<i>Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage</i> published
2006:
Sarah Polley's "Away from Her," a feature adaptation of a Munro short story, is released
2012:
<i>Dear Life</i> published
2013:
The film adaptation "Hateship Loveship" debuted
2013:
Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature
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Education

University of Western Ontario: - 1949 - 1951

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