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This Companion is a thorough introduction to the writings of the Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro. Uniting the talents of distinguished creative writers and noted academics, David Staines has put together a comprehensive, exploratory account of Munro's biography, her position as a feminist, her evocation of life in small-town Ontario, her non-fictional writings as well as her short stories, and her artistic achievement. Considering a wide range of topics – including Munro's style, life writing, her personal development, and her use of Greek myths, Celtic ballads, Norse sagas, and popular songs – this volume will appeal to keen readers of Munro's fiction as well as students and scholars of literature and Canadian and gender studies.

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'… a welcome addition to the already large body of Munro criticism.'

Source: Commonwealth Essays and Studies

'The Companion leaves the impression that reading and discussing Munro is an ongoing conversation - a conversation very much enriched by this multifaceted book.'

Christine Lorre-Johnston Source: British Journal of Canadian Studies

'As a volume, Staines’ is distinguished by a mixture of contributors both academic and writerly; essays by noted Munro scholars Robert McGill and Howells, for instance, rub shoulders with writers’ perspectives on Munro by Elizabeth Hay, Merilyn Simonds, Douglas Glover, and fellow Cambridge subject Atwood.'

Lorraine York Source: Canadian Literature

'A melding of literary analysis, biography, and artistic appreciation, The Cambridge Companion to Alice Munro … collects 10 essays, edited by David Staines … Staines contributes an efficient introduction and one of two chapters on the importance of the Canadian setting in Alice Munro’s short stories. … Notable among the other contributors is Canadian author Margaret Atwood … who focuses her discussion on Munro’s 1971 short-story collection Lives of Girls and Women.'

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Contents

Although Alice Munro’s writings have appeared throughout the world in various manners and in many translations, I have listed only the first appearance of her books in Canada.

Dance of the Happy Shades. Foreword by Garner, Hugh. Toronto: Ryerson, 1968.
Lives of Girls and Women. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1971.
Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You: Thirteen Stories. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1974.
Who Do You Think You Are? Toronto: Macmillan, 1978.
The Moons of Jupiter. Toronto: Macmillan, 1982.
The Progress of Love. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1986.
Friend of My Youth. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1990.
Open Secrets. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1994.
The Love of a Good Woman. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1998.
Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2001.
Runaway. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2004.
The View from Castle Rock. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2006.
Too Much Happiness. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2009.
Dear Life. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2012.

In addition, there have been four selections of her stories published in Canada:

Selected Stories. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1996.
No Love Lost. Selected and with an afterword by Urquhart, Jane. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2003.
Alice Munro’s Best: Selected Stories with an Introduction by Atwood, Margaret. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2006.
Family Furnishings: Selected Stories 1995–2014. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2014.

Then there are Munro’s own commentaries and critical studies, which include the following:

‘Remember Roger Mortimer: Dickens’ “Child’s History of England” Remembered’, Montrealer (February 1962), 34–7.
Author’s Commentary’, in Metcalf, John (ed.), Sixteen by Twelve (Toronto: Ryerson, 1970), 125–6.
The Colonel’s Hash Resettled’, in Metcalf, John (ed.), The Narrative Voice (Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1972), 181–3.
‘An Open Letter’, Jubilee 1 [1974], 5–7.
‘Everything Here Is Touchable and Mysterious’, Weekend Magazine (Toronto Star) (11 May 1974), 33.
On Writing “The Office”’, in Peck, Edward (ed.), Transitions II: Short Fiction(Vancouver: Commcept, 1978), 259–62.
‘Working for a Living’, Grand Street 1, 1 (1981), 9–37.
‘Through the Jade Curtain’, Chinada: Memoirs of the Gang of Seven (Dunvegan, Ont.: Quadrant, 1982), 51–5.
What Is Real?’ in Metcalf, John (ed.), Making it New: Contemporary Canadian Stories (Toronto: Methuen, 1982), 223–6.
‘Going to the Lake’, in Ontario: a Bicentennial Tribute (Toronto: Key Porter, 1983), 51–2.
‘An Appreciation [of Marian Engel]’, Room of One’s Own 9, 2 (1984), 32–3.
Foreword’ in Weaver, Robert (ed.), The Anthology Anthology: a Selection from 30 Years of CBC Radio’s ‘Anthology’ (Toronto: Macmillan, 1984), ixx.
‘On John Metcalf: Taking Writing Seriously’, Malahat Review 70 (1985), 6–7.
‘Introduction’, in The Moons of Jupiter (Markham, Ont.: Penguin, 1986), vii–xvi.
‘The Novels of William Maxwell’, Brick 34 (fall 1988), 28–31.
Afterword’, in Montgomery, Lucy Maud, Emily of New Moon (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1989), 357–61.
Contributor’s Note’, in Atwood, Margaret and Ravenal, Shannon (eds.), Best American Short Stories 1989 (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1989), 322–3.
‘Take a Walk on the Wild Side’, Canadian Living 38 (October 1989), 41–2.
Afterword’, in Wilson, Ethel, The Equations of Love (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1990), 259–63.
What Do You Want to Know For?’ in Rooke, Constance (ed.), Writing Away: the PEN Canada Travel Anthology (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1994), 203–20.
Changing Places’, in Rooke, Constance (ed.), Writing Home: a PEN Canada Anthology (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1997), 190206.
Contributor’s Note’, in Dark, Larry (ed.), Prize Stories 1997: the O. Henry Awards (New York: Anchor, 1997), 442–3.
‘Introduction’, in Selected Stories (New York: Vintage, 1997), xiii–xxi.
‘Golden Apples’, Georgia Review 53 (1999), 22–4.
Contributor’s Note’, in Dark, Larry (ed.), Prize Stories 1999: The O. Henry Awards (New York: Anchor, 1999), 404.
‘Lying Under the Apple Tree’, The New Yorker (17/24 June 2002), 88–90, 92, 105–8, 110–14.
The Second Sweet Summer of Kitty Malone’, in Gibson, Graeme et al. (eds.), Uncommon Ground: a Celebration of Matt Cohen (Toronto: Knopf, 2002), 91–4.
Good Woman in Ireland’, in Ross, Gary Stephen (ed.), Prize Writing (Toronto: Giller Prize Foundation, 2003), 5764.
Maxwell’, in Baxter, Charles, Collier, Michael, and Hirsch, Edward (eds.), A William Maxwell Portrait: Memories and Appreciations (New York: Norton, 2004), 3447.
Writing. Or, Giving Up Writing’, in Rooke, Constance (ed.), Writing Life: Celebrated Canadian and International Authors on Writing and Life. (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2006), 297300.
Balestra, Gianfranca, Ferri, Laura, and Ricciardi, Caterina (eds.) Reading Alice Munro in Italy (Toronto: The Frank Iacobucci Centre for Italian Studies, 2008).
Besner, Neil K. Introducing Alice Munro’s Lives of Girls and Women: a Reader’s Guide (Toronto: ECW Press, 1990).
Bigot, Corinne, and Lanone, Catherine (eds.) ‘With a Roar from Underground’: Alice Munro’s Dance of the Happy Shades (Paris: Presses Universitaires de Paris Ouest, 2015).
Blodgett, E. D. Alice Munro (Boston: Twayne, 1988).
Bloom, Harold (ed.) Alice Munro (New York: Bloom’s Literary Criticism, 2009).
Buchholtz, Miroslawa and Sojka, Eugenia (eds.) Alice Munro: Reminiscence, Interpretation, Adaptation and Comparison (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2015).
Carrington, Ildiko de Papp. Controlling the Uncontrollable: the Fiction of Alice Munro (DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 1989).
Carscallen, James. The Other Country: Patterns in the Writing of Alice Munro (Toronto: ECW Press, 1993).
Cox, Ailsa. Alice Munro (Tavistock: Northcote House, 2004).
Cox, Ailsa, and Lorre, Christine. The Mind’s Eye: Alice Munro’s Dance of the Happy Shades (Paris: Fahrenheit, 2015).
Dahlie, Hallvard. Alice Munro and Her Works (Toronto: ECW Press, 1984).
Duncan, Isla. Alice Munro’s Narrative Acts (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).
Guignery, Vanessa (ed.) The Inside of a Shell: Alice Munro’s Dance of the Happy Shades (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2015).
Heble, Ajay. The Tumble of Reason: Alice Munro’s Discourse of Absence (University of Toronto Press, 1994).
Hooper, Brad. The Fiction of Alice Munro: an Appreciation (Westport, CN: Praeger, 2008).
Howells, Coral Ann. Alice Munro (Manchester University Press, 1998).
McCaig, Jo Ann. Reading in Alice Munro’s Archives (Waterloo, Ont.: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2002).
MacKendrick, Louis K. Some Other Reality: Alice Munro’s Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You (Toronto: ECW Press, 1993).
MacKendrick, Louis K. (ed.) Probable Fictions: Alice Munro’s Narrative Acts (Downsview, Ont.: ECW Press, 1983).
Martin, W. R. Alice Munro: Paradox and Parallel (Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 1987).
May, Charles E. (ed.) Critical Insights: Alice Munro (Ipswich, MA: Salem 2013).
Judith, Miller (ed.) The Art of Alice Munro: Saying the Unsayable (Waterloo, Ont.: University of Waterloo Press, 1984).
Munro, Sheila. Lives of Mothers and Daughters: Growing Up with Alice Munro (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2001).
Rasporich, Beverly J. Dance of the Sexes: Art and Gender in the Fiction of Alice Munro (Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 1990).
Redekop, Magdalene. Mothers and Other Clowns: the Stories of Alice Munro (New York: Routledge, 1992).
Ross, Catherine Sheldrick. Alice Munro: a Double Life (Toronto: ECW Press, 1992).
Smyth, Karen E. Figuring Grief: Gallant, Munro and the Poetics of Elegy (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1992).
Steele, Apollonia, and Tener, Jean F. (eds.) The Alice Munro Papers: First Accession (University of Calgary Press, 1986).
Steele, Apollonia, and Tener, Jean F. (eds.) The Alice Munro Papers: Second Accession (University of Calgary Press, 1987).
Thacker, Robert. Alice Munro: Writing Her Lives (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2005; revised edition 2011).
Thacker, Robert (ed.) The Rest of the Story: Critical Essays on Alice Munro (Toronto: ECW Press, 1999).
Zehelein, Eva-Sabine (ed.) For (Dear) Life: Close Readings of Alice Munro’s Ultimate Fiction (Zurich: LIT, 2014).

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