One of the primary characteristics of the modern short story is the expression of a complex inner state by the presentation of selected concrete details rather than by the depiction of the contents of the mind of the character or by the creation of a projective parable form.


This volume begins with a major new essay by renowned short story critic and theorist Charles E. May, followed by a major new essay by one of Munro’s most long-standing and most perceptive readers, Catherine Sheldrick Ross. Overall, the 20 contributions to Alice Munro Everlasting take an ardently literary approach, with each essay focussing on the last stories in Munro’s fourteen volumes from Dance of the Happy Shades to Dear Life. The many different contributions offer a new model for the art of the critical essay—combining imagination and analysis, personal testimony and scholarship.


The two volumes thus form a compendium of essays on important, well-established critical paths into Munro’s work—on place, on ending—making existing articles available in book form and offering fresh ones on these topics, with many truly enlightening contributions.

- Canadian Literature: A Quarterly Criticism and Review