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Alice Munro

Alice Munro (2013)
The Swedish Academy was unable to locate Munro—author of collections including “The Love of a Good Woman” and “Dear Life”—before making her Nobel Prize announcement public on Thursday, leaving a phone message for her instead. Her daughter woke her at 4 a.m. with the news, and shortly after Munro sleepily told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, “It just seems impossible. It seems just so splendid a thing to happen, I can’t describe it. It’s more than I can say.” She added, “I would really hope this would make people see the short story as an important art, not just something you played around with until you got a novel.”
Photo: AP/Paul Hawthorne, File

Alice Munro is 13th Woman to Nab Nobel Lit Prize. Check Out the Ladies Who Came Before Her

Canadian short-story master Alice Munro has won this year’s esteemed Nobel Prize in Literature, the academy announced on Thursday. At 82, she is one of the oldest recipients thus far, but she’s also in another rare category here: female. Of the 110 individuals honored with the major prize since 1901, only 13 have been women. Herewith, we celebrate the surprisingly short list of joyously brilliant ladies of literature.—Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff