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Something I've Been Meaning to Tell You - Alice Munro

Something I've Been Meaning to Tell You

Paperback Published: 1st December 2014
ISBN: 9781784700898
Number Of Pages: 304

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A remarkable early collection of stories by Alice Munro, the bestselling author of Dear Life, and one of the greatest fiction writers of our time.

Alice Munro's stories are miraculous'
Sunday Times

‘No one else can – or should be allowed to – write like the great Alice Munro'
Julian Barnes

‘She sets down the pains and pleasures of living in a spare, singing prose, not a word wasted'
Daily Telegraph

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

‘She's the most savage writer I've ever read, also the most tender, the most honest, the most perceptive'
Jeffrey Eugenides

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"She sets down the pains and pleasures of living in a spare, singing prose, not a word wasted" * Daily Telegraph *
"Munro is so good one gropes for superlatives" * Daily Telegraph *
"Alice Munro has a strong claim to being the best fiction writer now working in North America" -- Jonathan Franzen
"Alice Munro is among the major writers of English fiction of our time" -- Margaret Atwood

ISBN: 9781784700898
ISBN-10: 1784700894
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st December 2014
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 13.1  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.22
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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