There have been important happenings during the month of October 2011. Probably the biggest event was announcement of the 2011 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Tomas Transtromer, of Sweden. After looking at his bibliography, I would like to become more familiar with his works. Over the next several months, I’ll be exploring his writings, and reporting back about them.
On a sad note, the worlds of literature and broadcasting lost one of its luminaries, the multi-talented writer and poet, Norman Corwin, at the age of 101.
Many of Mr. Corwin’s works are now considered classics in American radio broadcasting, as well as in literature. One of these is We Hold These Truths, a radio drama written to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the US Constitution, and broadcast eight days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, in December 1941. Another is On a Note of Triumph, a radio work written to commemorate VE Day, marking the end of the war in Europe in April 1945.
Even though we live in a world where visuals and sounds compete for our attention, it is important to remember that the written word conveys ideas and images just as effectively, if not more. This is the importance of the work of Tomas Transtromer and Norman Corwin, along with other writers whose works are well or less known.