Canadian Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday for finely-tuned story telling that made her what the award-giving committee called the "master of the contemporary short story".
"Some critics consider her a Canadian Chekhov," the Swedish Academy said in statement on its website as it awarded the prize of 8 million crowns ($1.25 million).Lot of people having fun with fact that Munro may not yet know that she has won. The Nobel committee says it could not reach her by phone--so left a message on her answering machine. Fellow Canadian writer Margaret Attwood tweeted that her friend needs to come out from her shed and pick up the damn phone. But nothing can top Doris Lessing's reaction when she got the news on the street awhile back: "Oh, Christ." See:
Munro, 82, started writing stories in her teens. She is mainly known for her short stories and has published many collections over the years. Her works include "The View from Castle Rock" in 2006 and "Too Much Happiness" three years later.