They were later joined by the family of their brother, William Laidlaw, who had emigrated to Illinois but died there. Off on her own, she then taught school in Ontario and Alberta between and July 28,when she married Bob Laidlaw at St. She drove a car, a mark of independence in a married woman then. Even so, she did not entirely fit into Wingham.
Her father, Robert Eric Laidlaw, was a fox and mink farmer,  and later turned to turkey farming. Inshe left the university, where she had been majoring in English sinceto marry fellow student James Munro.
They moved to Dundarave, West Vancouverfor James's job in a department store. Inthe couple moved to Victoriawhere they opened Munro's Bookswhich still operates. Career[ edit ] Munro's highly acclaimed first collection of stories, Dance of the Happy Shadeswon the Governor General's Awardthen Canada's highest literary prize.
Stories of Flo and Rose in the United States. In Munro held the position of writer in residence at both the University of British Columbia and the University of Queensland. Since the s, Munro has published a short-story collection at least once every four years, most recently in, and Her collections have been translated into thirteen languages.
However, in most cases these are the first versions only. Her strong regional focus is one of the features of her fiction. Another is the omniscient narrator who serves to make sense of the world. Many compare Munro's small-town settings to writers from the rural South of the United States.
As in the works of William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connorher characters often confront deep-rooted customs and traditions, but the reaction of Munro's characters is generally less intense than their Southern counterparts'. Her male characters tend to capture the essence of the everymanwhile her female characters are more complex.
Much of Munro's work exemplifies the literary genre known as Southern Ontario Gothic. In her stories, as in Chekhov's, plot is secondary and "little happens.
She shares Chekhov's obsession with time and our much-lamented inability to delay or prevent its relentless movement forward. In recent work such as Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage and Runaway she has shifted her focus to the travails of middle age, of women alone, and of the elderly.
It is a mark of her style for characters to experience a revelation that sheds light on, and gives meaning to, an event. Munro's prose reveals the ambiguities of life: We are drawn to her writing by its verisimilitude — not of mimesisso-called and Some have asked whether Munro actually writes short stories or novels.
Alex Keegan, writing in Eclectica, gave a simple answer: In most Munro stories there is as much as in many novels.
Her works "Save the Reaper" and "Passion" came out in two different versions in the same year, in and respectively. Awano writes that "Wood" is a good example of how Munro, being "a tireless self-editor",  rewrites and revises a story, in this case returning to it for a second publication nearly thirty years later.
In this case, Awano says, Munro revised characterizations, themes and perspectives, as well as rhythmic syllables, a conjunction or a punctuation mark. The characters change, too.
Inferring from the perspective they take on things, they are middle-age inand in they are older. Awano perceives a heightened lyricism brought about not least by the poetic precision of the revision undertaken by the author.
Awano writes that Munro literally "refinishes" the first take on the story, with an ambiguity that is characteristic of Munro's endings, and that the author re-imagines her stories throughout her work a variety of ways.
Personal life[ edit ] Munro married James Munro in Their daughters Sheila, Catherine, and Jenny were born in, and respectively; Catherine died the day of her birth due to the lack of functioning kidneys. Intheir daughter Andrea was born.
Alice and James Munro divorced in Munro returned to Ontario to become writer in residence at the University of Western Ontarioand in received an honorary LLD from the institution.
Inshe married Gerald Fremlin, a cartographer and geographer she met in her university days.
Growing Up With Alice Munro.Munro started writing stories in her teens. She has published many collections of short stories.
There have been Nobel Prizes given out for literature, but Munro is only the 13th woman to receive the award.
Alice Munro, born as Alice Ann Laidlaw, is a Canadian writer who won the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Man Booker International Prize in for her lifetime body of work.
She specializes in short story writing and is known for her easy-to-read and moving style that Place Of Birth: Wingham, Ontario, Canada. Oct 10, · STOCKHOLM (AP) — If there were a literary award bigger than the Nobel Prize, Alice Munro would probably win that, too.
"Among writers, her name is spoken in hushed tones," fellow Canadian author. Brought up on the wrong side of the tracks in Canada, Alice Munro found reading - then writing - was an escape from a difficult home life. Described as a 'shy housewife' when she won her first.