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Dance Of The Happy Shades - Alice Munro

Dance Of The Happy Shades

Paperback Published: April 2000
ISBN: 9780099273776
Number Of Pages: 240

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Alice Munro's territory is the farms and semi-rural towns of south-western Ontario. Described by one of her peers as going around with a 'delicate, rueful smile and a wicked pen', she says of herself: 'I guess that maybe as a writer I'm kind of an anachronism... because I write about places where your roots are and most people don't live that kind of life anymore at all. Most writers, probably, the writers who are most in tune with our time, write about places that have no texture because this is where most of us live.'

In these powerful tales she brings the landscape of her childhood back to life as she deals with the self-discovery and guilt of those caught in a narrow existence. And in sensitively exploring the lives of ordinary men and women, she makes us aware of the universal nature of their fears, sorrows and aspirations.

Dance of the Happy Shades won Canada's highest literary prize upon publication in 1968, kick-starting a decades long career that culminated with Alice Munro being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2013 as a "master of the contemporary short story."

Industry Reviews

"The finest writer of short stories working in the English language today." - The Times

"The greatest living short story writer." - A. S. Byatt, Sunday Times

"A remarkable writer whose major characters emerge in shining clarity... A major talent is at work here." - Los Angeles Times

"Munro's power of analysis, of sensations and thoughts is almost Proustian in its sureness." - New Statesman

"Read not more than one of her stories a day, and allow them to work their spell: they are made to last." - Observer

“Her work felt revolutionary when I came to it, and it still does.” - Jhumpa Lahiri

“She is one of the handful of writers, some living, most dead, whom I have in mind when I say that fiction is my religion.” - Jonathan Franzen

“The authority she brings to the page is just lovely.” - Elizabeth Strout

“She’s the most savage writer I’ve ever read, also the most tender, the most honest, the most perceptive.” - Jeffery Eugenides

“Alice Munro can move characters through time in a way that no other writer can.” - Julian Barnes

“She is a short-story writer who…reimagined what a story can do.” - Lorrie Moore

“There’s probably no one alive who’s better at the craft of the short story.” - Jim Shepard

“A true master of the form.” - Salman Rushdie

“A wonderful writer.” - Joyce Carol Oates

Walker Brothers Cowboy
The Shining Houses Images Thanks for the Ride
The Office An Ounce of Cure
The Time of Death Day of the Butterfly Boys and Girls Postcard Red Dress—1946 Sunday Afternoon
A Trip to the Coast
The Peace of Utrecht Dance of the Happy Shades
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ISBN: 9780099273776
ISBN-10: 0099273772
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: April 2000
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.3  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.17
Edition Number: 1

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Alice Munro

About the Author


WINNER OF THE 2013 NOBEL PRIZE FOR LITERATURE

Alice Munro was born Alice Laidlaw in 1931, in Wingham, Ontario, Canada. She grew up near the Great Lakes that border the United States and Canada, in rural environs such as are featured in much of her early fiction. She attended public schools and was considered such a good student that she advanced a grade early on. She began writing fiction while in high school, and even wrote a novel during this time which she has said was derivative of Emily Bronte’s famous Wuthering Heights. She won a scholarship to attend the University of Western Ontario and spent two years there as an English major. It was there that she first published short stories, in a university publication. She left the university upon her marriage to James Munro, when the couple moved to British Columbia.

During the 1950s, Munro continued to write while raising her first two daughters. She sold some of her stories to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for dramatization and radio shows. Munro had a third daughter in 1966, and then in 1968 her first collection of short stories, The Dance of the Happy Shades, was published. ‘‘Boys and Girls’’ is from this first collection of stories. Munro’s only novel was published in 1971. In 1974 a second collection of stories was published. With this third publication Munro established herself as a contemporary writer of note.

Munro has seven published books to her credit, six of which are collections of short stories, making her a specialist in the short story genre. Most national literatures have writers who specialize in this way, another notable author being Anton Chekhov an early twentieth-century Russian writer famous for his short stories. It has often been said, therefore, that Munro is Canada’s Chekhov.

Munro’s fiction is consistently favorably received by critics and the reading public alike, and she has won numerous awards for her writing. She has been invited to be Writer-in-Residence at various universities, including her alma mater, the University of Western Ontario (which conferred her an Honorary D.Litt. in 1976).

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