Canadian writer and Nobel prize winner Alice Munro dies at 92

Canadian writer and Nobel prize winner Alice Munro dies at 92
# 15 May 2024 04:25 (UTC +04:00)

Canadian author Alice Munro, a 2013 Nobel Prize winner for literature, has died at the age of 92, APA reports.

Munro wrote short stories for more than 60 years, often focusing on life in rural Canada.

She died at her home in Port Hope, Ontario on Monday night, her family and her publisher have confirmed.

Munro was often compared to Russian writer Anton Chekhov for the insight and compassion found in her stories.

"Alice Munro is a national treasure - a writer of enormous depth, empathy, and humanity whose work is read, admired, and cherished by readers throughout Canada and around the world," Kristin Cochrane, the CEO of Penguin Random House Canada, said in a statement.
In 2009, Munro won the Man Booker Prize International Prize for lifetime achievement.

The judges said in a statement at the time: "To read Alice Munro is to learn something every time that you never thought of before."

They added that Munro "brings as much depth, wisdom and precision to every story as most novelists bring to a lifetime of novels".

She later won the Nobel Prize in 2013. Previous winners include literary giants such as Rudyard Kipling, Toni Morrison and Ernest Hemingway.

The Nobel committee called Munro a "master of contemporary short story".
Munro said in an interview with the Guardian in 2013 that she had been "writing personal stories all my life".

"Maybe I write stories that people get very involved in, maybe it is the complexity and the lives presented in them," she told the Guardian in 2013. "I hope they are a good read. I hope they move people."

Her last collection of stories, Dear Life, was published in 2012. It included a collection of partly-autobiographical stories.

She told the National Post newspaper that Dear Life was special because she'd likely not write anymore.

"Not that I didn't love writing, but I think you do get to a stage where you sort of think about your life in a different way," she said.

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