REFILE-UPDATE 4-Canada's Munro, 'master of the short story,' wins Nobel literature prize

Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:37am EDT
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* Nobel committee says Munro is "Canadian Chekhov"

* Munro says wanted to show short story is important

* Second Canada-born author to win Nobel literature prize

By Sven Nordenstam and Cameron French

STOCKHOLM/TORONTO, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Canadian Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday for her tales of the struggles, loves and tragedies of women in small-town Canada 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, comparing her to the 19th-century Russian short story writer in a statement on its website.

Munro, reached by CBC Television in Victoria, British Columbia, said she hoped the award "would make people see the short story as an important art; not just something you played around with until you get a novel written."

The 82-year-old, who revealed in 2009 that she had undergone coronary bypass surgery and been treated for cancer, said however that she did not think winning the prize would change her decision announced early this year to stop writing.   Continued...