Robert Fulford: Alice Munro brings small-town Ontario alive in beautiful prose that earned her the Nobel Prize

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Alice Munro, the Chekhovian master storyteller from Wingham, Ont., has for some years deserved the Nobel Prize in Literature that she won Thursday. Since the 1970s she’s earned a large audience with a stream of profoundly affecting stories, published first in The New Yorker and then in books. It’s become commonplace to call her the best short-story writer on the planet — and one of the best writers of any kind.

Among her admirers she’s known for handling sensuality with a measured ease that makes the efforts of most writers feel clumsy. We love her skill in manipulating time, producing flashbacks in ways that always surprise us.

She has a special genius for making important events happen to people whom most of the world considers unimportant. She makes obscure places into the sites of powerful private dramas. In her solemnly beautiful prose…

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