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The Nobel Prize in Literature is one of many Nobel Prizes given in honor of Alfred Nobel. Every year, a writer is chosen by the Swedish Academy to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. They choose someone who they think has written something that has great value.[1] The prize was awarded the first time in 1901 to Sully Prudhomme of France.[2]

List of laureates[change | change source]

List of Nobel Prize laureates (winners) in Literature from 1901 to the present date.

Year Name Reason Country Language(s)
1901 Sully Prudhomme "in special recognition of his poetic composition, which gives evidence of lofty idealism, artistic perfection and a rare combination of the qualities of both heart and intellect"[3] France French
1902 Theodor Mommsen Germany German
1903 Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson Norway Norwegian
1904 Frédéric Mistral France Occitan
José Echegaray y Eizaguirre Spain Spanish
1905 Henryk Sienkiewicz Poland Polish
1906 Giosuè Carducci Italy Italian
1907 Rudyard Kipling United Kingdom English
1908 Rudolf Christoph Eucken Germany German
1909 Selma Lagerlöf Sweden Swedish
1910 Paul Heyse Germany German
1911 Count Maurice Maeterlinck Belgium French
1912 Gerhart Hauptmann Germany German
1913 Rabindranath Tagore India Bengali
1915 Romain Rolland France French
1916 Verner von Heidenstam Sweden Swedish
1917 Karl Adolph Gjellerup Denmark Danish
Henrik Pontoppidan Denmark Danish
1919 Carl Spitteler Switzerland German
1920 Knut Hamsun Norway Norwegian
1921 Anatole France France French
1922 Jacinto Benavente Spain Spanish
1923 William Butler Yeats Ireland English
1924 Władysław Reymont Poland Polish
1925 George Bernard Shaw Ireland English
1926 Grazia Deledda Italy Italian
1927 Henri Bergson France French
1928 Sigrid Undset Norway Norwegian
1929 Thomas Mann Germany German
1930 Sinclair Lewis United States English
1931 Erik Axel Karlfeldt Sweden Swedish
1932 John Galsworthy United Kingdom English
1933 Ivan Alekseyevich Bunin Russia (in exile) Russian
1934 Luigi Pirandello Italy Italian
1936 Eugene O'Neill United States English
1937 Roger Martin du Gard France French
1938 Pearl S. Buck United States English
1939 Frans Eemil Sillanpää Finland Finnish
1944 Johannes Vilhelm Jensen Denmark Danish
1945 Gabriela Mistral Chile Spanish
1946 Hermann Hesse Switzerland German
1947 André Gide France French
1948 T. S. Eliot United States/United Kingdom English
1949 William Faulkner United States English
1950 Bertrand Russell United Kingdom English
1951 Pär Lagerkvist Sweden Swedish
1952 François Mauriac France French
1953 Sir Winston Churchill United Kingdom English
1954 Ernest Hemingway United States English
1955 Halldór Laxness Iceland Icelandic
1956 Juan Ramón Jiménez Spain Spanish
1957 Albert Camus France French
1958 Boris Pasternak (declined the prize)[1] Archived 2009-01-08 at the Wayback Machine Russia Russian
1959 Salvatore Quasimodo Italy Italian
1960 Saint-John Perse France French
1961 Ivo Andric Yugoslavia Serbo-Croat
1962 John Steinbeck United States English
1963 Giorgos Seferis Greece Greek
1964 Jean-Paul Sartre (declined the prize)[2][permanent dead link] France French
1965 Michail Sholokhov Russia Russian
1966 Shmuel Yosef Agnon Israel Hebrew
Nelly Sachs Germany German
1967 Miguel Ángel Asturias Guatemala Spanish
1968 Yasunari Kawabata Japan Japanese
1969 Samuel Beckett Ireland English/French
1970 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Russia Russian
1971 Pablo Neruda Chile Spanish
1972 Heinrich Böll Germany (West) German
1973 Patrick White Australia English
1974 Eyvind Johnson Sweden Swedish
Harry Martinson Sweden Swedish
1975 Eugenio Montale Italy Italian
1976 Saul Bellow Canada/United States English
1977 Vicente Aleixandre Spain Spanish
1978 Isaac Bashevis Singer United States Yiddish
1979 Odysseas Elytis Greece Greek
1980 Czesław Miłosz Lithuania/Poland/United States Polish
1981 Elias Canetti United Kingdom German
1982 Gabriel García Márquez Colombia Spanish
1983 William Golding United Kingdom English
1984 Jaroslav Seifert Czechoslovakia Czech
1985 Claude Simon France French
1986 Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka Nigeria English
1987 Joseph Brodsky Russia/United States Russian/English
1988 Naguib Mahfouz Egypt Arabic
1989 Camilo José Cela Spain Spanish
1990 Octavio Paz Mexico Spanish
1991 Nadine Gordimer South Africa English
1992 Derek Walcott St. Lucia English
1993 Toni Morrison United States English
1994 Kenzaburo Oe Japan Japanese
1995 Seamus Heaney Ireland English
1996 Wisława Szymborska Poland Polish
1997 Dario Fo Italy Italian
1998 José Saramago Portugal Portuguese
1999 Günter Grass Germany German
2000 Gao Xingjian France/China Chinese
2001 Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul United Kingdom English
2002 Imre Kertész Hungary Hungarian
2003 John Maxwell Coetzee South Africa English
2004 Elfriede Jelinek Austria German
2005 Harold Pinter United Kingdom English
2006 Orhan Pamuk Turkey Turkish
2007 Doris Lessing United Kingdom English
2008 J. M. G. Le Clézio France French
2009 Herta Müller Germany German
2010 Mario Vargas Llosa Peru Spanish
2011 Tomas Tranströmer Sweden Swedish
2012 Mo Yan People's Republic of China Chinese
2013 Alice Munro Canada English
2014 Patrick Modiano France French
2015 Svetlana Alexievich Belarus Russian
2016 Bob Dylan United States English
2017 Kazuo Ishiguro United Kingdom English
2018 Olga Tokarczuk Poland Polish
2019 Peter Handke Germany German
2020 Louise Glück United States English
2021 Abdulrazak Gurnah Tanzania English
2022 Annie Ernaux France French
2023 Jon Fosse Norway Norwegian

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References[change | change source]

  1. "Alfred Nobel – The Man Behind the Nobel Prize". Nobel Foundation. Archived from the original on 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-10-16.
  2. "Winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature | Nobel Prize in Literature". Encyclopedia Britannica. Archived from the original on 2017-08-24. Retrieved 2017-08-24.
  3. "Nobel Prize in Literature 1901". Nobel Foundation. Archived from the original on 2008-10-21. Retrieved 2008-10-17.

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