Canadian Nobel Laureate author Alice Munro dies at 92

Alice Munro. Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

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Ottawa/IBNS-CMEDIA: Nobel Prize-winning Canadian writer Alice Munro, who became one of the world’s most esteemed contemporary authors and one of history’s most honored short story writers, has died at age 92.

Munro had been suffering from dementia for at least a decade, the Globe, citing his family members, reported.

Munro published more than a dozen collections of short stories and was honored with the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2013.

Her work has been described as revolutionizing the architecture of the short story, especially in its tendency to move forward and backward in time, and with integrated short fiction cycles, in which she has displayed “inarguable virtuosity”.

Munro’s fiction is most often set in her native Huron County in southwestern Ontario. Her stories explore human complexities in an uncomplicated prose style.

Her writing has established Munro as “one of our greatest contemporary writers of fiction”, or, as Cynthia Ozick put it, “our Chekhov”.

Her stories have been said to “embed more than announce, reveal more than parade”.

The stories she wrote explored sex, yearning, discontent, aging, moral conflict and other themes in rural settings with which she was intimately familiar.

She was adept at fully developing complex characters within the limited pages of a short story.

Aside from the Nobel Prize, Munro received many awards for her work as “master of the contemporary short story”, and the 2009 Man Booker International Prize for her lifetime body of work.

She was also a three-time winner of Canada’s Governor General’s Award for Fiction and is the recipient of the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s 1996 Marian Engel Award as well as the 2004 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize for Runaway.