HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Alice Munro, born 10 July 1931
“Never underestimate the meanness in people’s souls… Even when they’re being kind… Especially when they’re being kind.”
Alice Munro has been described as the Canadian Chekhov. In 2013 she won the Nobel Prize for Literature and she has won many other literary awards and accolades.
She was born in Ontario and most of her fiction is set in the Huron region of that province. Plot is not vitally important in her writing – she prefers to examine the passing of time, and vital moments in the lives of her characters, often psychological ones. She depicts coming of age problems, family dilemmas, the problems faced by the elderly or the solitary, and the power of tradition and custom. Her female characters come alive far more strongly than do her male ones.
Vintage Munro published in 2004 has a selection of some of her finest stories.
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