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Alice Ann Munro  (born  Laidlaw) was born on 10th July, 1931 in Ontario into a family of fox and poultry farmers (fattori che allevavano volpi e pollame), began writing as a teenager and published her first story while a student at the University of Western Ontario in 1950. During this period she worked as a waitress (cameriera), tobacco picker and library clerk. In 1951, she left the university, where she had been specializing in English since 1949, to marry James Munro. They lived in Vancouver  and in Victoria, where they opened the bookstore (libreria) Munro’s Books. They divorced in 1972 and  in 1976 Alice married Gerald Fremlin, a geographer. From 1979 to 1982, Munro toured (girò) Australia, China and Scandinavia and in 1980 she worked both at the University of British Columbia and at the University of Queensland. Alice Munro was the winner of the 2009 Man Booker International Prize. Alice Munro is a short-story writer who set (fa svolgere) many of her stories in Ontario. Her characters often confront their deep-rooted (profondamente radicati) customs and traditions with new ways of living in big cities. Frequent themes of her work, particularly evident in her early stories, are the dilemmas of a girl coming of age who has to reconsider her relation with her family and the small town she grew up in (cresciuta). Another theme of her more recent works concerns the anguishes (angosce) of middle age, of women alone and of the elderly (anziani). Among her most important collections of stories are Dance of the Happy Shades (1968), Lives of Girls and Women (1971),Who Do You Think You Are? (1978), titled in the United States: The Beggar Maid: Stories of Flo and Rose; The Progress of Love (1986); Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage (2001); View from Castle Rock (2006), a family history and Too Much Happiness (2009)