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Canada's Munro wins Nobel literature prize for her short stories

By Sven Nordenstam and Cameron French STOCKHOLM/TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday for her tales of the struggles, loves and tragedies of women in small-town Canada that made her what the award-giving committee called the "master of the contemporary short story." "Some critics consider her a Canadian Chekhov," the Swedish Academy said in announcing the award on its website, comparing Munro to the 19th-century Russian short story writer.

Books and stories by Nobel Laureate Alice Munro

Canadian author Alice Munro won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday, making her only the 13th woman to win the prize since its inception in 1901. The 82-year-old, described by the Nobel committee as a "master of the contemporary short story," has said she knew early on that she wanted to be a writer. She published her first story, "The Dimensions of a Shadow", in 1950 while a student at university. Her writing includes the break-through work "Dance of The Happy Shades", "Who Do You Think You Are" and "Dear Life".

Canada's Alice Munro wins Nobel Literature Prize

Canada's Alice Munro won the Nobel Literature Prize on Thursday for her short stories that focus on the frailties of the human condition She is just the 13th woman to win the coveted award, and the first Canadian. The Swedish Academy described Munro, 82, as a "master of the contemporary short story", a genre that has only rarely been honored with the world's most prestigious literary award.
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