Alice Munro: A Double Life by Catherine Sheldrick Ross

By Catherine Sheldrick Ross

Canadian-born Alice Munro has confirmed herself as one of many world's best modern brief story-writers. because the book of her first assortment, Dance of the chuffed colors in 1968, she has tantalized a progressively increasing readership along with her skill to give, "ordinary lifestyles in order that it seems that luminous, invested with a type of magic." In Alice Munro: A Double lifestyles, the 1st full-length biography of Munro, Ross charts the advance of Munro as a wife/mother and critical author, and her fight to stability the calls for of this "double life."

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Chronology 1830-50 The bush area of the Huron Tract, located in southwestern Ontario, is opened to settlement. In the 1850s, three brothers named Laidlaw leave Halton County to settle in Morris Township, in Huron County. A falling tree kills one brother as he is clearing the land for farming; another brother is Alice Laidlaw’s grandfather. 1898 Anne Clarke Chamney is born. She grows up on a poor farm near Carleton Place in the Ottawa Valley. 1901 Robert Eric Laidlaw is born and grows up on a farm near Blyth, Ontario, in Huron County.

1931 Alice Ann is born, on Friday, 10 July, to Anne and Robert Laidlaw. 1936 Bill, Alice’s brother, is born. 1937 Alice starts school at the Lower Town School, which she attends for two years. Sheila, Alice’s sister, is born. 1939 Alice starts grade four at the Wingham Public School. World War II begins, and Canada enters the war against Germany. 1941 Alice travels with her father to the Pine Tree Hotel in Muskoka, north of Orillia, where her mother has been selling fox furs to the American summer tourists.

Unlike the women, recently endorsed by Carolyn Heilbrun, who “disdain those efforts of dress, cosmetics, and hair dressing,” let themselves go, and successfully separate their personhood from their sexual appeal (Heilbrun 5 4), Alice has said, “How I look matters a great deal” (“Great Dames” 38). Pictures on book jackets show an attractive woman with a beautiful smile and dark, curly hair, cut longer in the 1970s and stylishly short in the 1990s (fig. 1). She is “articulate, humorous, and approachable,” says Jeri Kroll (qtd.

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