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Is 2013 the year of the short story?

Is Alice Munro's Nobel Prize victory the final acknowledgment of the return of the short story? To celebrate here are some Prospect short fiction highlights

By Jess Cotton  

Alice Munro looms over the contemporary short story

“Alice Munro is such a good writer,” James Wood wrote in the LRB in 1997, that “nobody bothers anymore to judge her goodness.” If Munro has long staked out her “Chekhovian” literary territory, the Nobel Prize is confirmation of her cultural legacy. A writer’s writer, Munro inspires fierce loyalty in her readers and critics alike. Effusive tributes laud her elegantly-crafted sentences, her economic insights and her keen eye for comic detail in her…

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