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Saturday April 20, 2013

MUNK, Linda née Gutterson December 29, 1937 - April 16, 2013 Died from melanoma at her home in Toronto, her mind still sharp as ever. A professor emerita in the Department of English at the University of Toronto, she had a distinguished career as a scholar of religion and American literature. Born in Toronto, she graduated from Havergal College and received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. Her published academic books included The Trivial Sublime: Theology and American Poetics and The Devil's Mousetrap: Redemption and Colonial American Literature. She also wrote poetry, short stories, and essays. (She had an insatiable intellectual appetite.) She began her career as a journalist. In 1958, while still an undergraduate, she travelled to the U.S.S.R. as part of a cultural exchange program and, on assignment for the Toronto Daily Star, wrote an illuminating series of articles exposing the brutality and misery of life behind the Iron Curtain. ''Never, in my opinion, has a nation been so exploited as today's Russia,'' was the opening line of an article in the series. Linda Munk was brilliant and irreverent and uncompromising; she refused to lead her life according to the rules of others. She is survived by her dear friend and former husband, Peter Munk; by her children Marc-David, Nina, and Anthony; and by her grandchildren Lucas and Sofia Munk Galarza, and Bode and Lyndon Munk. Her funeral, small and private as she wished, took place yesterday. Memorial donations to her favorite cause, the Dictionary of Old English (c/o University of Toronto), would be much appreciated.

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