The Nobel Prize Winner For Literature

2013 - Alice Munro

Born: 10 July 1931, Wingham, Canada

Residence at the time of the award: Canada

Prize motivation: "master of the contemporary short story"

Field: Prose

Prize share: 1/1

Books Written By Alice Munro

About Alice Munro

Ms. Alice Munro, 82, has written 14 story collections, is a "master of the contemporary short story," and she is the 13th woman to win the prize.

The selection of Ms. Munro was greeted with an outpouring of enthusiasm in the English-speaking world, a temporary relief from recent years when the Swedish Academy chose winners who were obscure, difficult to comprehend or overtly political.

Ms. Munro, widely beloved for her spare and psychologically astute fiction that is deeply revealing of human nature, appeared to be more of a purely literary choice. She revolutionized the architecture of short stories, often beginning a story in an unexpected place then moving backward or forward in time, and brought a modesty and subtle wit to her work that admirers often traced to her background growing up in rural Canada."

"When I began writing, there was a very small community of Canadian writers and little attention was paid by the world," she said. "Now Canadian writers are read, admired and respected around the globe. She said she was thrilled to be chosen for the prize, adding, "I hope it fosters further interest in all Canadian writers."

In an interview with The New York Times this year, Ms. Munro said that now that she is in her 80s, she isn't as concerned about aging.

"I worry less than I did," she said. "There's nothing you can do about it, and it's better than being dead. I feel that I've done what I wanted to do, and that makes me feel fairly content."

Speaking to a reporter after the announcement of the prize, Peter Englund, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, said that Ms. Munro is capable of a "fantastic portrayal of human beings." Whether she is really finished writing, he said, is up to her.

"She has done a marvelous job," Mr. Englund said. "What she has done is quite enough to win the Nobel Prize. If she wants to stop writing, that's her decision."

In a brief interview with, Ms. Munro explained that she had decided to stop writing because she had been working since she was about 20 years old.


Friend Of My Youth - Alice Munro

By John P. Jones III

Just brilliant. More power, circumstance and life affirming controversy encapsulated in each story than your average novel ever touches upon.


Friend Of My Youth - Alice Munro

By Ian Hassall

A book of ten short stories, so finely written, providing a telling insight into human nature, or describing a scene, just so, in a few words, like prose poetry. The stories vary incredibly across time, theme and characters, the only constant being that they are all told from the point of view of a woman and tend to deal with issues of love, I don't think they could have been written by a man. The thrust of the story is often oblique, and sometimes opaque, I always felt the author was a couple of steps ahead of me, which left each story in my mind while I tried to absorb it. Read just one story a day, and be prepared to want to read it again.