Maybe Faulkner set the bar too high? Anyway what would the press have said if J D Salinger had won the prize – or any normally shy writer (they once did tend to be, if not shy, fairly modest) who didn't want to go or say much?
Nobel Prize in Literature???
Posted 30 October 2013 - 09:28 AM
Why should she be shy about accepting the cash? She was selected by the committee for her output -- she didn't apply for it -- and she wasn't given the cash for making speeches and shaking hands. A nice thank-you note should have been fine.
As some people say now -- word.
Posted 30 October 2013 - 10:35 AM
Maybe Faulkner set the bar too high?
And of course the irony is that he supposedly mumbled and spoke so softly that the audience didn't hear it very well and realize how great it actually was.
Posted 30 October 2013 - 10:51 AM
The giving of a lecture is indeed part of the deal in receiving the prize. It doesn't have to be made at the ceremony itself but recipients are generally expected to make one at some point. I would think that it would be nice for recipients whose personal circumstances allow them to do so to appear. It's a big award.
It has been announced that Ms. Munro will not be able to attend the award ceremony and the following banquet. This is a great pity, but also understandable, she is not a young person and it is first of all a long journey and then a very busy week with a lot of functions. Someone will receive the prize on her behalf - might be the Canadian ambassador, and her Nobel lecture could always be relayed by link from Canadian Broadcasting. The reason given was that her "health is frail" and that was quite accepted. But I remember the uproar in the media when Elfriede Jelinek did not attend the ceremony because she said she was too shy to appear in public. As the press remarked, there was no shyness about accepting the cash!
Too bad. I wish the Committee hadn't taken so long to honor Munro. Maybe this will teach them to get to deserving recipients in a timely fashion....
Pamela, as I remember it wasn't only a question of Jelinek being "too shy" - I have read that she suffers from agoraphobia and related problems. If that's the case, a week of celebrations would be very difficult for her. She did present a lecture, although not at the ceremony, obviously.
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