Has the time of the short story come again?


Alice Munro, the Canadian short story writer has won this year's Nobel Prize for Literature. The Committee described Munro as the 'master of the contemporary short story....she has taken an art form and cultivated it almost to perfection', they declared. At the age of 82, she says she has now published her last collection of short stories - stories renowned for their emotional depth, often ladled with deep sadness and an obsession with the passing of time. So - has the time of the short story - 'A world seen in a quick-glancing light' as Munro defines it - come again? We brought together Alex Clark, the literary critic of the Guardian - and Katy Darby a short story writer herself, as well as a founder of the Liar's League, a troupe of actors who play out short stories to audiences in pubs and clubs. First David Eades asked Alex Clark if she thought this accolade for Alice Munro, would mean a renewed interest in the genre....

Oct 10, 2013, 10:26 PM
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