Alice Munro, a Canadian short story writer, has bagged the Nobel Prize for Literature. The Swedish Academy, which selects the literature winners, termed her a "master of the contemporary short story." She's the first Canadian to get the coveted $1.2 million award since Saul Bellow, who had won it in 1976 and left for the US as a boy.
Munro's writings have got her numerous awards including a National Book Critics Circle prize for "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage". She is a three-time winner of the Governor General's prize, Canada's highest literary honor. Often likened to Anton Chekhov of Russia, the 82-year-old writer has achieved a legendary status as a thorough but merciless documenter of the human spirit. Her work often talks about the difference between Munro's growing up in Wingham, a conservative Canadian town and her life post -1960s social revolution.
The last year's Nobel for literature award had gone to Mo Yan of China.