Alice Munro: Biography

Alice Munro

10 jul 1931

Born in 1931. Alice Munro is a celebrated and multiple award-winning short story writer, whose works have found international recognition, outside her home country of Canada. Alice Munro has written 16 short story collections, with her first one, Dance of the Happy Shades published in 1968. This first effort also won her the Governor General’s Award for Fiction; an award she has won a further two times in 1978 and 1986.

Alice Munro’s collections of stories have been translated 20 languages, and each book published has sold in greater numbers than the last. By far the most significant achievement of Alice Munro, however, is her receipt of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2013, making her the 13th woman to be awarded the prize.

Alice Munro has lived her whole life in Canada, and her stories are firmly grounded in her home of Huron County, Canada, where she sets her characters and plays out her stories. Alice Munro has said that, originally “I thought stories were just practice, till I got time to write a novel, then I realised they were all I could do.”

Alice Munro has been married twice, first to James Munro, whom she divorced in 1972. In 1976, however, she married Gerald Fremlin, who she remained with until his death in 2013. Alice Munro is the mother to three children, the eldest of whom, Andrea, published a memoir reflecting on growing up with Alice Munro in 2002. Despite her critical success, Alice Munro announced, in 2006, that she has retired from writing.