As if you all didn’t know by now.
For the first time in history, the Nobel Prize in literature has been awarded to a Canadian. Alice Munro, one of the world’s most respected and admired writers, was announced this morning as the winner of the prize in an especially notable year: one in which she has announced her retirement.
The 82-year-old author of 14 books of short stories is only the 13th woman to win the world’s most prestigious literary award. Earlier this year she announced her intention to stop writing, stating that her most recent book, Dear Life, would be her last.
via Canadian Alice Munro makes history with Nobel Prize win for literature – The Globe and Mail.
I published an essay, “The Mind of Alice Munro,” in Attack of the Copula Spiders. It had appeared in the magazine Canadian Notes & Queries and is still on the 0nline site there. I published here as a reading aid my marked up and annotated copy of the story.
Alice Munro — “Meneseteung” annotated
Just in care you’re interested.
I am ecstatic–so I can only imagine how happy you must be. Congratulations to the Nobel Prize Committee for doing it right–finally.
I woke to this marvelous news – Munro Wins the Nobel! What a great way to begin the day. I wonder how many of us will vow to read one of her stories today (and follow through)? I sure intend to.
Doug, I think I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again: I love seeing your annotations on her story. For a poet, reading the detailed notes of a fiction writer who is thinking about structure, plot, language, the meta- and the micro- the whole shebang – well, it’s inspiring. I’m going to try to approach more collections of poetry that way, more often, to see if I can disassemble them and discover the threads and patterns buried in the whole, instead of just loving certain poems (and certain lines.)
Julie, Did you see my annotations on the D. H. Lawrence poem? It’s listed in the NC Craft book along with the Munro story? Also for a very brief idea of how I look at a book of poems, there is my piece from a while back on Victoria Redel’s book Swoon (see the Nonfiction Table of Contents).