Never Give up: Nobel Laureate in Literature Munro
   2013-12-08 13:05:33    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Jiang

The file photo shows Alice Munro, the winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature [Photo: CFP]

By CRI's Stockholm correspondent Chen Xuefei

Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro has said that she never gave up in her writing endeavors in the face of difficulties, in a pre-recorded interview broadcast online.

As Munro was unable to visit Stockholm to receive her Nobel Prize in Literature in person, the standard lecture was replaced by a pre-recorded interview about her journey in writing.

"I got interested in reading very early, because a story was read to me, by Hans Christian Andersen, which was The Little Mermaid."

Munro said she thought the story was "dreadfully sad", and so she made up a story with a happy ending; she didn't care about whether the story would spread around the world and be well-received, it was just her story.

Munro did not complete her journalism degree; however, she believes this led her to feel freer to write about whatever she thought was good and right.

She wrote a lot about women and girls.

"I never thought about being important, but I never thought of myself as being anything but a woman and there were many good stories about little girls and women."

Munro said she never experienced any feeling of inferiority due to her gender, adding that this may have been because she lived in a part of Ontario where women did most of the story-telling at home while the men mostly worked outside.

In the early stages of her writing, she always wrote stories with happy endings. However, after she read the novel Wuthering Heights, she began to write tragic stories too. While walking she also made up stories about herself being a heroine, and she knows what she wants to tell.

"I don't think I ever gave it up, though there were times when I was very discouraged, because I began to see that the stories I was writing were not very good, that I had a lot to learn and that it was a much much harder job than I had expected. But I didn't stop."

Munro also said that she writes stories in a very simple way and tries to explain things in an accessible way.

Lectures are traditionally given by Nobel Laureates during Nobel Week in Stockholm.

The formal awarding ceremony will be held next Tuesday on the 10th of December.

More Photos

Shaolin Kung Fu Masters Recruited as Special Policemen

Flight Attendants Taught Wing Chun to Prevent Terror Attacks

China's First Driverless Subway Train on Exhibition

Premier Li Meets British Queen

Man Stopped From Jumping Out Window by Fire Hose

A Traffic Light in Chongqing only Leaves Two Seconds for Green Light

Shandong Taichi School Popular With Foreigners

World Meat Congress Addresses Meat Food Safety

Sino-African Media Forum Opens in Beijing

6 Students Dress as "Gourd Brothers" for Graduation

Three in Tian'anmen Terror Attack Sentenced to Death

"Find China's Most Beautiful Seven Fairies" Contest Held in Anhui

Girl Travels Europe with Cardboard Cutout of Late Father

North Korean Leader Takes a Submarine Ride

Michael Schumacher 'Out of Coma'

Colombian President Reelected with Commitment to Peace

U.S. Marks 150th Anniversary of Arlington National Cemetery

ISIL Jihadists Execute Dozens of Captives

Insurgents Cut Off Fingers of Afghan Voters

Everyday Scenes Recreated with Keys

Participants Dressed in White Attend White Dinner

Thailand Expects Interim Gov't No Later Than September

PNA Employees Rush to Withdraw Wages from ATM in Gaza City

"Sewol" Captain, 3 Crew Members Stand Trial in S. Korea

• Musicians Keep Current with Traditional Influences

• Thousands Challenge Ice & Snow Magic Power at Emei Mountain

• Time to Birding in Luoyang Sui & Tang City Relics Botanic Garden

• Ice and Snow Hot Spring Festival at Emei Mountain

• Free Ski at Emei Mount

• Stone Elephant Lake Welcomes Travellers with Fascinating Flowers

• Lilies Bloom at the Stone Elephant Lake

• Fashion, gaming, and AI come together for night of lectures

• Tangshan Bay: Surf, Sand and Serenity

• A Review of Highlights of ITE Sichuan
Share

               


CRIENGLISH.com claims the copyright of all material and information produced originally by our staff. No person, organization and/or company shall reproduce, disseminate or broadcast the content in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of CRIENGLISH.com.

CRIENGLISH.com holds neither liability nor responsibility for materials attributed to any other source. Such information is provided as reportage and dissemination of information but does not necessarily reflect the opinion of or endorsement by CRI.

News
China
World
Politics
Business
Sports
Showbiz
Sci-tech
Photo
Recommended
China
World
Sports
Showbiz
Travel
Video
C4
The Sound Stage
Showbiz
Travel
China Revealed
My Chinese Life
Travel
Destinations
Photo Gallery
Recommended
Learn Chinese
"In" Chinese
Chatting in Chinese
Pop Culture
Traditional Culture
Living Chinese
Chinese Studio
Chinese Class
Learn English
Special English
Pop Chart
Everyday English
Fabulous Snaps
CRI News
China.org.cn  | Xinhua  | People's Daily Online   |  CNTV.cn  | China Daily  |  Global Times  | China Job  |  China Tibet Online  | Taiwan.cn  | eBeijing  | Beijing Today  | China-Eurasia Expo  | APEC Yiwu Conference  | Chinese Embassy in S.Africa  | Chinese Embassy in Australia  | Chinese Embassy in NZ