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Fonds F0012 - Alice Munro fonds.

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Alice Munro fonds.


  • 1950- (Creation)

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8.3575 m of textual records and other material.

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Canadian author born Alice Laidlaw on July 10, 1931 in Wingham, Ontario. Biographical information available in The Oxford companion to Canadian literature, 2nd ed., p. 777-778.

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Acquired between 1980 and 2012. MsC 262, audio cassette of November 1978 interview of Alice Munro by Carole Gerson, donated by Carole Gerson in 1998. Accession 709/01.15 consists of published material by and about A. Munro collected by David Cook and donated by John Munro in 2001. Accession 805/06.4, page proofs and setting copy of Runaway; MsC 323, copy-edited text and two sets of author's galleys of The view from Castle Rock; and MsC 324, a 33 page fragment titled Child's play, donated by William Morris Agency in 2006 and 2007. MsC 343, unedited first draft, setting copy, galleys and uncorrected proof copy of Too much happiness, donated by William Morris Endeavor in 2009. Accession 883/11.5, consisting of correspondence files from Virginia Barber Literary Agency including original letters from A. Munro, a file of works about A. Munro, and reviews of Runaway, donated by Virginia Barber in 2011. Accession 902/13.1 consists of material, primarily photocopies, by and about A. Munro, collected by Carol Mazur for her book Alice Munro: an annotated bibliography of works and criticsm (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2007); donated by C. Mazur in 2012. Accession 947/14.12 and 948/14.13 consist of correspondence with Virginia (Ginger) Barber and A. Munro including handwritten notes from Munro, copies of Royalty Summary Reports, correspondence with publishers including Abner Stein, McClelland & Stewart, Vintage - The Random House Group, Alfred A. Knopf, and Penguin Canada, publicity planning and marketing, correspondence on changes to agreements and contracts, articles about Munro, program for the Edith Wharton Women of Achievement Award (Munro was awarded the Short-Story Writing Award in 2003), copies of Munro's acceptance speech for awards, and correspondence with Robert Thacker on his research for a biography of Munro. Works by Munro referenced in the correspondence are: Open Secrets, The Moons of Jupiter, The Beggar Maid, Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Falling in Love, Runaway, The Love of a Good Woman, Lives of Girls and Women, The Albanian Virgin, Who do you think you are?, The Progress of Love, Dance of the Happy Shades, Oh What Avails, and others.

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Fonds consists of correspondence; notebooks; manuscripts of short stories, novels, television play, essays and articles; works on A. Munro; published works; and miscellaneous material.

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Searchable online database for MsC 37 and MsC 38. File level inventory for Accessions 396/87.3, 709/01.15, 753/04.3, 805/06.4 and MsC 323 and 343 available at repository.

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Associated archival material relating to A. Munro located at University of Waterloo Library, Waterloo Ontario.

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Includes 1 videocassette and 2 audiocassettes.

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