Alice Munro

One of Canada's most lauded writers, Alice Munro has been heralded as a modern master of the short-story form. Raised in rural Ontario, Munro began publishing her fiction during the early 1950s, though her first story collection, <i>Dance of the Happy Shades</i>, didn't see the light of day until 1968. Met with considerable acclaim, the book prompted the author to pursue literature...

Nick Adams

Though never a major Hollywood star, actor Nick Adams nonetheless strove to become one through hard work, a will to succeed and cozying up to Hollywood stars. After landing a small role in "Mister Roberts" (1955), Adams struck up a friendship with James Dean and had a small part in "Rebel Without a Cause" (1955). Following Dean's sudden death in late 1955, Adams capitalized on their friendship to...