The Canadian writer Alice Munro's short stories have garnered numerous international honours, including a 1978 Booker Prize nomination. Among the outstanding attributes of her writing are its concern with women's lives, its exploration of geography and identity, and its evocation of the mysterious, indeterminate character of everyday life.

Born Alice Ann Laidlaw in 1931, she grew up near the small town of Wingham in Huron County, Ontario in a red-brick farmhouse with her parents, a brother and a sister. Both her mother Anne and her father Robert had also been raised on farms – her father in nearby Blyth, and her mother in the Ottawa valley – and were of a socioeconomic class that Munro has called “the privileged poor”. …

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McGill, Robert. "Alice Munro". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 June 2002
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