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Alice Munro, celebrated as a master of short stories and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, has passed away at the age of 92

Nobel Prize winner, Alice Munro (Via Rod Tucker/Shutterstock)

Alice Munro, the Canadian author who gained worldwide acclaim as a master of short stories and received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2013, has passed away at the age of 92.

A spokesperson for publisher Penguin Random House Canada announced that Munro died at her home in Port Hope, Ontario on Monday. Munro had been in fragile health for some years and had previously mentioned retirement, a decision that came after the publication of her 2012 collection, “Dear Life.”

Regarded alongside writers like Anton Chekhov and John Cheever, Munro achieved rare status for her mastery of the short story, an art form often overshadowed by the novel. She was the first Canadian lifelong resident to win the Nobel Prize and the first to be recognized primarily for her contributions to short fiction.

The Swedish academy hailed her as a “master of the contemporary short story,” noting her ability to capture the complexity of a novel within a few pages.

Alice Munro (Via Rod Tucker/Shutterstock)

Initially known mainly in Canada until her late thirties, Munro eventually gained widespread commercial success as a short story writer. Her books, including “Too Much Happiness,” “The View from Castle Rock,” and “The Love of a Good Woman,” sold over a million copies in North America alone. Following her Nobel win, “Dear Life” climbed to the top ranks of The New York Times’ bestseller list for paperback fiction.

Throughout her career spanning more than fifty years, Munro crafted numerous literary gems that demonstrated her wisdom, skill, and storytelling prowess. Her stories, often set in Canada but resonating globally, delved into universal themes through intimate and detailed narratives.

Known for her insightful character sketches and deft narrative techniques, Munro’s writing touched readers of all ages and backgrounds, revealing her keen understanding of human nature with a touch of subtle humor.

She leaves behind a legacy of literary excellence, with each of her stories serving as a testament to her enduring impact on the world of literature.

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