Nobel Prize For Literature

Alfred Nobel, in his will declared that an annual award would be awarded "in the field of literature to the most outstanding work in an ideal direction".

In recent years the prize has "become widely seen as a political one - a peace prize in literary disguise", whose judges are prejudiced against authors with different political tastes to them."

The prize's focus on European men, and Swedes in particular, has been the subject of criticism over the years.

In 2009, Horace Engdahl, then the permanent secretary of the Academy, declared that "Europe still is the center of the literary world" and that "the US is too isolated, too insular. They don't translate enough and don't really participate in the big dialogue of literature."

2019 Peter Handke 
2018 No Nobel Prize was awarded this year.
2017 Kazuo Ishiguro - The Buried Giant
2016 Bob Dylan (R) 
2015 Svetlana Alexievich
2014 Patrick Modiano - Catherine Certitude
2013 Alice Munro (R)
2012 Mo Yan
2011 Tomas Tranströmer
2010 Mario Vargas Llosa
2009 Herta Müller
2008 Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio
2007 Doris Lessing
2006 Orhan Pamuk
2005 Harold Pinter
2004 Elfriede Jelinek
2003 John M. Coetzee - Childhood of Jesus 
2002 Imre Kertész
2001 Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul
2000 Gao Xingjian
1999 Günter Grass
1998 José Saramago
1997 Dario Fo
1996 Wislawa Szymborska
1995 Seamus Heaney
1994 Kenzaburo Oe
1993 Toni Morrison
1992 Derek Walcott
1991 Nadine Gordimer
1990 Octavio Paz
1989 Camilo José Cela
1988 Naguib Mahfouz
1987 Joseph Brodsky
1986 Wole Soyinka
1985 Claude Simon
1984 Jaroslav Seifert
1983 William Golding (R) 
1982 Gabriel García Márquez (R) 
1981 Elias Canetti
1980 Czeslaw Milosz
1979 Odysseus Elytis
1978 Isaac Bashevis Singer
1977 Vicente Aleixandre
1976 Saul Bellow
1975 Eugenio Montale
1974 Eyvind Johnson
         Harry Martinson
1973 Patrick White (R) 
1972 Heinrich Böll
1971 Pablo Neruda
1970 Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (R) 
1969 Samuel Beckett
1968 Yasunari Kawabata - The Sound of the Mountain
1967 Miguel Angel Asturias
1966 Shmuel Yosef Agnon
         Nelly Sachs - Bio & Four poems
1965 Mikhail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov
1964 Jean-Paul Sartre
1963 Giorgos Seferis
1962 John Steinbeck (R) 
1961 Ivo Andric
1960 Saint-John Perse
1959 Salvatore Quasimodo
1958 Boris Leonidovich Pasternak (R) 
1957 Albert Camus - The Plague
1956 Juan Ramón Jiménez
1955 Halldór Kiljan Laxness
1954 Ernest Miller Hemingway - A Moveable Feast 
1953 Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (R) 
1952 François Mauriac
1951 Pär Fabian Lagerkvist
1950 Earl (Bertrand Arthur William) Russell
1949 William Faulkner
1948 Thomas Stearns Eliot (R) 
1947 André Paul Guillaume Gide
1946 Hermann Hesse
1945 Gabriela Mistral
1944 Johannes Vilhelm Jensen
1943 No Nobel Prize was awarded this year.
1942 No Nobel Prize was awarded this year.
1941 No Nobel Prize was awarded this year.
1940 No Nobel Prize was awarded this year.
1939 Frans Eemil Sillanpää
1938 Pearl Buck
1937 Roger Martin du Gard
1936 Eugene Gladstone O'Neill
1935 No Nobel Prize was awarded this year.
1934 Luigi Pirandello
1933 Ivan Alekseyevich Bunin
1932 John Galsworthy (R) 
1931 Erik Axel Karlfeldt
1930 Sinclair Lewis
1929 Thomas Mann
1928 Sigrid Undset
1927 Henri Bergson
1926 Grazia Deledda
1925 George Bernard Shaw (R) 
1924 Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont
1923 William Butler Yeats (R) 
1922 Jacinto Benavente
1921 Anatole France
1920 Knut Pedersen Hamsun
1919 Carl Friedrich Georg Spitteler
1918 No Nobel Prize was awarded this year.
1917 Karl Adolph Gjellerup
         Henrik Pontoppidan
1916 Carl Gustaf Verner von Heidenstam
1915 Romain Rolland
1914 No Nobel Prize was awarded this year.
1913 Rabindranath Tagore - The Home and the World 
1912 Gerhart Johann Robert Hauptmann
1911 Count Maurice (Mooris) Polidore Marie Bernhard Maeterlinck
1910 Paul Johann Ludwig Heyse
1909 Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlöf
1908 Rudolf Christoph Eucken
1907 Rudyard Kipling
1906 Giosuè Carducci
1905 Henryk Sienkiewicz
1904 Frédéric Mistral
         José Echegaray y Eizaguirre
1903 Bjørnstjerne Martinus Bjørnson
1902 Christian Matthias Theodor Mommsen
1901 Sully Prudhomme


  1. Anonymous23/11/14

    I hope to finish a blogpost on Thomas Mann Nobel winner 1929. I have some misgivings about his prize winning book.

  2. Anonymous23/11/14

    If you don't mind I am going to add a Nobel list (copy of yours) to my blog. I want to read more books by these authors!

    1. No problems Nancy. Happy to see someone else with this challenge:-)

    2. I'm so glad you copied my list!
      Blogger has been playing up and deleted this post when I tried to edit it *************arggghhhhhhhh********************

  3. Anonymous23/11/14

    Here is the link to my 'personal challenge' Nobel Prize Literature 2015:

    1. Thanks Nancy, I'll add your link to the ones above and check out what you're up to as well :-)

  4. Just wonderful when Nobel 'stats' automaticaly rise
    ....after the announcement of the Nobel Prize winner for literature!
    I'm having trouble with this list of books in 2107. Sigh.

    1. If not for Ishiguro, I wouldn't haven't looked at this list at all this year :-(
      Although I have been hankering after some good short stories, so Alice Munro may get a look in...and I still haven't read any Patrick White...and #AusReadingMonth is fast approaching...

  5. prof premraj pushpakaran writes -- 2017 marks the bicentenary birth year of Christian Matthias Theodor Mommsen!!!!!

    1. That would be the Mommsen born on the 30 November 1817 whose work on Roman history is 'still of fundamental importance for contemporary research' (wikipedia).
      And who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1902 for being "the greatest living master of the art of historical writing, with special reference to his monumental work A History of Rome".

      Thanks for the prompt and happy birthday CMTM :-)


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