Alice Munro won Nobel Prize 2013 in literature and became the first Canadian woman to take the Nobel Prize since its launch in 1901.
In Thursday\’s prize announcement the Nobel Committee called the 82-year-old Munro a "master of the contemporary short story."
Many of Munro\’s stories are set in Canada, often in her home territory of southwestern Ontario.
Her work, often featuring subtle moments of enlightenment, has been compared to that of Russian writer Anton Chekhov, who is also considered a master of short stories.
Describing Munro, American literary critic David Homel told the French news agency recently, "She writes about women for women, but does not demonize men."
Munro has won various other literary prizes, including three Canadian Governor General\’s Awards, Britain\’s Man Booker International Prize, and the U.S. O. Henry Award for continuing achievement in short fiction.
Nobel prizes for achievements in science, literature and peace were first awarded in 1901 in accordance with the will of inventor and businessman Alfred Nobel. Past winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature include Ernest Hemingway, Albert Camus, and Rudyard Kipling.