Alice Munro has been the news of Canada these past two weeks and I’m sure that at least some of you have heard of her, whether that is through books, news articles, or social media. I’ve been inspired to choose her as my Eminent person due to her recent achievement, winning the 2013 Nobel Literature prize for Canada. She was also the first female Canadian to ever win this prize, which also motivated me to learn more about what women could achieve in Canada and in literature.
Alice Munro was born in 1931, currently 82 years old and she is more commonly known as the contemporary master of short stories. This was the factor that won her the Nobel Literature prize this year. She was born and raised in a small town known as Wingham, Ontario, later studying English and journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After marrying her first husband James Munro, she came to reside in Victoria, BC. Since then, Alice Munro has continually written short stories, with some of her more notable collections being Dance of the Happy Shades (1968), Progress of Love (2005), and most recently, Dear Life (2012) which was also stated to be her final work. She is known to be able to capture Canada’s scenery with expertise while putting her own experiences in Wingham, Ontario into her works as well. Although she won the Nobel Literature prize, it doesn’t mean that her other achievements weren’t noteworthy at all. She was also a three time winner of the Governor General’s award, two time winner of the Giller Prize, and the winner of the Man Booker International Prize.
Taken on a more personal perspective, I found Alice Munro to greatly sympathize my previous blog post on the word simplify. She was the type of person who would take life as it comes and it came across to me that she was one who lived without much worry, even more so at her current age. It came across this way to me when she didn’t even realize that she won the Noble Literature award, and the Swedish panel for the Nobel prizes as well as the media went through quite the trouble contact her due to her lack of technological devices. I respect the way she’s able to prevent herself from being distracted by the loud noises of the outside world, although that may also just be age and experience. I also found that her extensive use of vocabulary and figurative language reflected my goal for English this year which is to incorporate a variety of literary devices while expanding my vocabulary. Being more aware of her works which I know show great examples of what I’m looking for could further the depth and understanding of my final goal.
With my first post on the Eminent project, I’m starting to look forward to some aspects of this project such as studying a prominent and inspiring person, so hopefully it will all go smoothly and be a great experience!