The History of Literature #234 – Alice Munro | The Love of a Good Woman

“She is our Chekhov,” said Cynthia Ozick, “and she is going to outlast most of her contemporaries.” Ozick was talking about the great Alice Munro, the Canadian writer whose short stories about ordinary women and men have garnered every literary prize imaginable. In this episode, the first of three Alice Munro Week special episodes, Jacke introduces Part One of Munro’s masterpiece of a novella, “The Love of a Good Woman.”

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“Et Voila” and “Long Stroll” by Kevin MacLeod (

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Congratulations, Alice Munro!

Winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize
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Munro is a very deserving author indeed, who has not only given great insight and pleasure to her readers, but has been a model and inspiration for so many authors, perhaps especially those of shorter-form fiction. Like Borges, she has shown that rich fictional worlds can be created in the span of a few pages. (Although she is unlike Borges in nearly every other way – ehh, who cares, I love them both.)

We may need to move her up in the Tournament of Champions list. Any suggestions for one of her longer stories? Let me know!