Alice Munro

Alice Munro is the author of many collections of short stories and novels.

Story: ‘Queenie’

Alice Munro, 30 July 1998

Queenie said, ‘Maybe you better stop calling me that,’ and I said, ‘What?’’‘

Poor Rose: Against Alice Munro

Christian Lorentzen, 6 June 2013

It’s perhaps Munro’s consistency that her admirers cherish: ‘like butterscotch pudding on the boil’.

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Dream Leaps: Alice Munro

Tessa Hadley, 25 January 2007

Alice Munro doesn’t write much about her writing: there are only a few interviews, hardly any essays or journalistic pieces, and we don’t catch her holding forth about her literary...

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Disconnected Realities: In the Munro mould

Mary Hawthorne, 17 February 2005

If you open a road atlas at Ontario, you can see that the roads charted by the thin red and blue lines of Huron County, adhere to the geometry and history of acreage, drawing rectangles in a...

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Suspicion of Sentiment: Alice Munro

Benjamin Markovits, 13 December 2001

‘It was love she sickened at,’ Alice Munro wrote in The Beggar Maid. ‘It was the enslavement, the self-abasement, the self-deception.’ If that’s her attitude it...

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Things happen all the time

James Wood, 8 May 1997

There are writers for whom reality seems a secret novelty; and there are writers for whom it seems a shared habit. In the first category-which would include Dostoevsky, Conrad, Svevo –...

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In Ontario

Carol Shields, 7 February 1991

The Canadian writer Alice Munro once likened a good short story to a commodious house whose every room possesses an exterior door. So accommodating a house, she wrote, is capable of admitting...

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What women think about men

D.A.N. Jones, 5 February 1987

Let us be sexist. The Progress of Love is a woman’s book, particularly interesting to men who want to know what women think of them and know about them. Alice Munro is a 56-year-old...

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Good Girls and Bad Girls

Anita Brookner, 2 June 1983

Those happy readers who sing hymns of praise to lyrical childhoods, their own, and, by extension, those in their favourite works of fiction, would do well to study Deborah Moggach’s...

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