Newton1983 发表于 2003-10-24 20:19:15


No writer who knows the great writers who did not receive the Prizecan accept it other than with humility. There is no need to list these writers.

Everyone here may make his own list according to his knowledge and hisconscience.

It would be impossible for me to ask the Ambassador of mycountry to read a speech in which a writer said all of the things which are inhis heart. Things may not be immediately discernible in what a man writes,and in this sometimes he is fortunate; but eventually they are quite clear andby these and the degree of alchemy that he possesses he will endure or beforgotten.

Writing at its best is a lonely life.

Organizations for writers palliate the writer's loneliness, but I doubtif they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds hisloneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone,and if he is a good enough writer, he must face eternity or the lack of iteach day.

For a true writer, each book should be a new beginning where he triesagain for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try forsomething that has never been done or that others have tried and failed.

Then sometimes, with good luck, he will succeed.

How simple the writing of literature would be if it were only necessaryto write in another way what has been well written. It is because we have hadsuch great writers in the past that a writer is driven far out past where he can go,out to where no one can help him.

I have spoken too long for a writer. A writer should write what he has tosay and not speak it. Again I thank you.

【附记】欧内斯特?海明威,(1899-1961)美国历史上最伟大的作家,一生追求自由、正义和冒险,喜欢拳击、斗牛、狩猎和出海捕鱼,参加过两次世界大战,经历了两次飞机失事及四次婚姻。海明威以自己富于传奇色彩的一生为蓝本,创作了大量优秀的文学作品,其中有8部作品先后被改编成电影。1954年因作品《老人与海》(《The Old Man And The Sea》)荣获普利策奖和诺贝尔文学奖。1961年,因不堪病痛的折磨,文坛硬汉海明威用心爱的猎枪结束了自己的生命,但其勇敢、执着、不屈不挠的硬汉精神却永远激励着美国乃至全世界的人们。

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