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Alice Munro    

Canadian Author and 2013 Nobel Prize Winner

Born in Canada in 1931, writer Alice Munro, primarily known for her short stories, attended the University of Western Ontario. Her first collection of stories was published as "Dance of the Happy Shades." In 2009, Munro won the Man Booker International Prize. That same year, she published the short-story collection "Too Much Happiness." In 2013, at age 82, Munro was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Alice Munro attended the University of Western Ontario, where she studied journalism and English, but left the school after only two years. Munro's first collection of stories (and first book-length work) was published in 1968 as "Dance of the Happy Shades"; the collection achieved great success in Munro's native country, including her first Governor General's Award for fiction. Three years later, she published "Lives of Girls and Women."

Primarily known for her short stories about life in Ontario, Munro has published several collections over the past several decades, including "Who Do You Think You Are?," "The Moons of Jupiter," "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage," which was later adapted into a film, "Away from Her," "Runaway" and "The View from Castle Rock."

Munro received her second Governor award exactly three decades after her first, in 1998, for "The Progress of Love."

In 2009, Munro won the Man Booker International Prize, honoring her lifetime body of work. That same year, she published the short-story collection "Too Much Happiness."Munro would go on to publish 13 short-story collections by her 80th birthday. In 2012, she published "Dear Life."

In October 2013, at the age of 82, Munro was awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, with the Swedish Academy lauding her as the "master of the contemporary short story." Munro is the first Canadian woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature, the first woman to win the literature prize since Herta Mueller in 2009, and only the 13th female recipient of the literature prize since it was founded in 1901. Additionally, she's the first Canadian writer to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature since Saul Bellow, who won the honor in 1976.

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