Nobel Laureates in Literature

The Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded 106 times to 113 Nobel Laureates between 1901 and 2016.

All Nobel Laureates in Literature

I plan to read at least one work from the Nobel Laureates in Literature. As there are so many of them, I don’t dream to tackle all of them, but I’ll die trying. The ones that have come to my attention and require reading sooner than later: (started in 2010) José Saramago, Kenzaburo Oe, Toni Morrison, John Steinbeck, Gao Xingjian, Elfriede Jelinek, William Golding, Albert Camus, Ernest Hemingway, Knut Hamsun, and Rudyard Kipling. (Update 2014) Adding  Hermann Hesse, Thomas Mann, George Bernard Shaw, Orhan Pamuk, Isaac Bashevis Singer, (Update 2015) Patrick White, V. S. Naipaul. Also looking interesting: The Blue Bird play – Maurice Maeterlinck (Belgium, 1911). Other resources:  Book Rhapsody

Authors read turn into pictures with the summary of why they were granted the prize and what I read.

Newly read in 2016: Wole Soyinka, Naguib Mahfouz, Harold Pinter
Newly read in 2015: Rudyard Kipling
Newly read in 2014: Albert Camus, Herman Hesse, Toni Morrison

Newly read in 2013: Pär Lagerkvist, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner

Total: 16 / 113 of laureates read

* 2016 – Bob Dylan
* 2015 – Svetlana Alexievich
* 2014 – Patrick Modiano

2013 – Alice Munro

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“master of the contemporary short story”
Canada b. 1931
Books/short stories read:
The Bear Came Over the Mountain (short story) and few others

* 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

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“who in his plays uncovers the precipice under everyday prattle and forces entry into oppression’s closed rooms”
UK b. 1930 d. 2008
Read: No Man’s Land (play)

* 2004 – Elfriede Jelinek

2003 – J. M. Coetzee

“who in innumerable guises portrays the surprising involvement of the outsider”
South Africa b. 1940
Books read: Disgrace

* 2002 – Imre Kertész
* 2001 – V. S. 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

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“who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality”.
USA b. 1931
Books read: Beloved

* 1992 – Derek Walcott
* 1991 – Nadine Gordimer
* 1990 – Octavio Paz
* 1989 – Camilo José Cela

1988 – Naguib Mahfouz

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“who, through works rich in nuance – now clear-sightedly realistic, now evocatively ambiguous – has formed an Arabian narrative art that applies to all mankind”
Egypt b. 1911 d. 2006
Books read: Palace Walk

* 1987 – Joseph Brodsky

1986 – Wole Soyinka

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“who in a wide cultural perspective and with poetic overtones fashions the drama of existence”
Nigeria b. 1934
Book read: Death and the King’s Horseman (play)

* 1985 – Claude Simon
* 1984 – Jaroslav Seifert
* 1983 – William Golding

1982 – Gabriel García Márquez

“for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent’s life and conflicts”
Colombia b. 1928  d. 2014
Books read:
Memories of My Melancholy Whores
One Hundred Years of Solitude

* 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
* 1972 – Heinrich Böll
* 1971 – Pablo Neruda
* 1970 – Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
* 1969 – Samuel Beckett

1968 – Yasunari Kawabata

“for his narrative mastery, which with great sensibility expresses the essence of the Japanese mind”
Japan b. 1899 d. 1972
Books read: Snow Country

* 1967 – Miguel Angel Asturias
* 1966 – Shmuel Agnon, Nelly Sachs
* 1965 – Mikhail Sholokhov
* 1964 – Jean-Paul Sartre
* 1963 – Giorgos Seferis

1962 – John Steinbeck

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“for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception”
USA b. 1902 d. 1968
Books read:
East of Eden
Of Mice and Men

* 1961 – Ivo Andric
* 1960 – Saint-John Perse
* 1959 – Salvatore Quasimodo
* 1958 – Boris Pasternak

1957 – Albert Camus

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“for his important literary production, which with clear-sighted earnestness illuminates the problems of the human conscience in our times”
Algeria/France b. 1913 d. 1960
Books read: The Outsider

* 1956 – Juan Ramón Jiménez
* 1955 – Halldór Laxness

1954 – Ernest Hemingway

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“for his mastery of the art of narrative, most recently demonstrated in The Old Man and the Sea, and for the influence that he has exerted on contemporary style”
USA b. 1899 d. 1961
Books and short stories read:
Big Two-Hearted River (short story)
The Old Man and the Sea

* 1953 – Winston Churchill
* 1952 – François Mauriac

1951 – Pär Lagerkvist

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“for the artistic vigour and true independence of mind with which he endeavours in his poetry to find answers to the eternal questions confronting mankind”
Sweden b. 1891 d. 1974
Books read: The Sibyl

* 1950 – Bertrand Russell

1949 – William Faulkner

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“for his powerful and artistically unique contribution to the modern American novel”
USA b. 1897 d. 1962
Books and short stories read:
Pantaloon in Black (short story from “Go Down, Moses” short story collection)
Light in August

* 1948 – T.S. Eliot
* 1947 – André Gide

1946 – Hermann Hesse

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“for his inspired writings which, while growing in boldness and penetration, exemplify the classical humanitarian ideals and high qualities of style”
b. Germany 1877, d. Switzerland 1962
Books read: Siddhartha

* 1945 – Gabriela Mistral
* 1944 – Johannes V. 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

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“for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces”
USA b. 1892 d. 1973
Books read: The Good Earth

* 1937 – Roger Martin du Gard
* 1936 – Eugene O’Neill
* 1935 – No Nobel Prize was awarded this year.
* 1934 – Luigi Pirandello
* 1933 – Ivan Bunin
* 1932 – John Galsworthy
* 1931 – Erik Axel Karlfeldt
* 1930 – Sinclair Lewis
* 1929 – Thomas Mann
* 1928 – Sigrid Undset
* 1927 – Henri Bergson
* 1926 – Grazia Deledda
* 1925 – George Bernard Shaw
* 1924 – Wladyslaw Reymont
* 1923 – William Butler Yeats
* 1922 – Jacinto Benavente
* 1921 – Anatole France
* 1920 – Knut Hamsun
* 1919 – Carl Spitteler
* 1918 – No Nobel Prize was awarded this year.
* 1917 – Karl Gjellerup, Henrik Pontoppidan
* 1916 – Verner von Heidenstam
* 1915 – Romain Rolland
* 1914 – No Nobel Prize was awarded this year.
* 1913 – Rabindranath Tagore
* 1912 – Gerhart Hauptmann
* 1911 – Maurice Maeterlinck
* 1910 – Paul Heyse
* 1909 – Selma Lagerlöf
* 1908 – Rudolf Eucken

1907 – Rudyard Kipling

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“in consideration of the power of observation, originality of imagination, virility of ideas and remarkable talent for narration which characterize the creations of this world-famous author”
born. British India 1865 – death. UK 1973
Books read: The Jungle Book

* 1906 – Giosuè Carducci
* 1905 – Henryk Sienkiewicz
* 1904 – Frédéric Mistral, José Echegaray
* 1903 – Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
* 1902 – Theodor Mommsen
* 1901 – Sully Prudhomme

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