Nobel prize literature winners

Nobel Prize Literature Winners ✍🏼

Nobel Prize Literature Winners 1901-2020 All Time List ✍🏼

The Nobel Prize in Literature started awarding authors yearly in 1901 for “idealistic” or “ideal” works, which led to controversy about exactly what this means. Of late, it has been interpreted to favor authors promoting human rights. The Nobel prize literature winners award was established by Swedish dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel. The Nobel prize literature winners prize includes a gold medal, a diploma, money and international recognition. The Nobel prizes are presented annually on 10th December (the anniversary of Nobel’s death) in the Stockholm town hall, Sweden. Five other Nobel Prizes are also awarded for outstanding contributions in physics, chemistry, medicine/physiology, economic sciences and peace.

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Year Nobel Prize Laureates ✍🏼 Born / Nationality Facts / Quotes
1901 Rene F. A. Sully Prudhomme 🇫🇷 France
1902 Theodore Mommsen 🇩🇪 Germany
1903 Bjornsterne Bjornson 🇳🇴 Norway
1904 Frederic Mistral 🇫🇷 France Shared award.
1904 Jose Echegaray 🇪🇸 Spain Shared award.
1905 Henryk Sienkiewicz 🇵🇱 Poland
1906 Giosue Carducci 🇮🇹 Italy
1907 Rudyard Kipling 🇬🇧 UK
1908 Rudolf C. Eucken 🇩🇪 Germany
1909 Selma Lagerlöf 🇸🇪 Sweden
1910 Paul J. L. Heyse 🇩🇪 Germany
1911 Maurice Maeterlinck 🇧🇪 Belgium
1912 Gerhart Hauptmann 🇩🇪 Germany
1913 Rabindranath Tagore 🇮🇳 India
1914 No Nobel prize literature winners awarded.
1915 Romain Rolland 🇫🇷 France
1916 Verner von Heidenstam 🇸🇪 Sweden
1917 Karl A. Gjellerup 🇩🇰 Denmark Shared award.
1917 Henrik Pontoppidan 🇩🇰 Denmark Shared award.
1918 No Nobel prize literature winners awarded.
1919 Carl F. G. Spitteler 🇨🇭 Switzerland
1920 Knut Hamsun 🇳🇴 Norway
1921 Anatole France 🇫🇷 France
1922 Jacinto Benavente 🇪🇸 Spain
1923 William Butler Yeats 🇮🇪 Ireland
1924 Wladyslaw S. Reymont 🇵🇱 Poland
1925 George Bernard Shaw 🇮🇪 Ireland / British
1926 Grazia Deledda 🇮🇹 Italy
1927 Henri Bergson 🇫🇷 France
1928 Sigrid Undset 🇳🇴 Norway
1929 Thomas Mann 🇩🇪 Germany
1930 Sinclair Lewis 🇺🇸 USA
1931 Erik A. Karlfeldt 🇸🇪 Sweden
1932 John Galsworthy 🇬🇧 UK
1933 Ivan A. Bunin 🇷🇺 Russia
1934 Luigi Pirandello 🇮🇹 Italy
1935 No 1935 Nobel prize literature winners awarded.
1936 Eugene O’Neill 🇺🇸 USA
1937 Roger Martin du Gard 🇫🇷 France
1938 Parl S. Buck 🇺🇸 USA
1939 Frans E. Sillanpää 🇫🇮 Finland
1940 No 1940 Nobel prize literature winners awarded.
1941 No 1941 Nobel prize literature winners awarded.
1942 No 1942 Nobel prize literature winners awarded.
1943 No 1943 Nobel prize literature winners awarded.
1944 Johannes V. Jensen 🇩🇰 Denmark
1945 Gabriela Mistral 🇨🇱 Chile
1946 Hermann Hesse 🇩🇪 Germany / Swiss.
1947 André Gide 🇫🇷 France
1948 T. S. Eliot 🇬🇧 UK
1949 William Faulkner 🇺🇸 USA
1950 Bertrand Russell 🇬🇧 UK
1951 Pär F. Lagerkvist 🇸🇪 Sweden
1952 Francois Mauriac 🇫🇷 France
1953 Sir Winston Churchill 🇬🇧 UK
1954 Ernest Hemingway 🇺🇸 USA
1955 Halldor K. Laxness Icelandic.
1956 Juan Ramón Jiménez 🇪🇸 Spain
1957 Albert Camus. 🇫🇷 France
1958 Boris L. Pasternak 🇷🇺 Russia / Soviet Declined award.
1959 Salvatore Quasimodo 🇮🇹 Italy
1960 Saint-John Perse 🇫🇷 France
1961 Ivo Andric 🇧🇦 Bosnia & Herzegovina / Yugoslav
1962 John Steinbeck 🇺🇸 USA
1963 Giorgos Seferis 🇬🇷 Greece
1964 Jean Paul Sartre 🇫🇷 France Declined award.
1965 Mikhail Sholokhov 🇷🇺 Russia / Soviet
1966 Samuel Joseph Agnon 🇮🇱 Israel Shared award.
1966 Nelly Sachs 🇸🇪 Sweden Shared award.
1967 Miguel Angel Asturias 🇬🇹 Guatemala
1968 Yasunari Kawabata 🇯🇵 Japan
1969 Samuel Beckett 🇮🇪 Ireland
1970 Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn Soviet.
1971 Pablo Neruda 🇨🇱 Chile
1972 Heinrich Böll 🇩🇪 Germany
1973 Patrick White 🇦🇺 Australia
1974 Eyvind Johnson 🇸🇪 Sweden Shared award.
1974 Harry Edmund Martinson 🇸🇪 Sweden Shared award.
1975 Eugenio Montale 🇮🇹 Italy
1976 Saul Bellow 🇺🇸 USA
1977 Vicente Aleixandre 🇪🇸 Spain
1978 Isaac Bashevis Singer 🇺🇸 USA
1979 Odysseus Elytis 🇬🇷 Greece
1980 Czeslaw Milosz 🇱🇹 Lithuania / Polish
1981 Elias Canetti 🇧🇬 Bulgaria / UK
1982 Gabriel Garcia Marquez 🇨🇴 Colombia
1983 William Golding 🇬🇧 UK
1984 Jaroslav Siefert 🇨🇿 Czech Republic
1985 Claude Simon 🇫🇷 France
1986 Wole Soyinka 🇳🇬 Nigeria
1987 Joseph Brodsky 🇷🇺 Russia / USA
1988 Naguib Mahfouz 🇪🇬 Egypt
1989 Camilo José Cela 🇪🇸 Spain
1990 Octavio Paz 🇲🇽 Mexico
1991 Nadine Gordimer 🇿🇦 South Africa
1992 Derek Walcott 🇱🇨 Saint Lucia
1993 Toni Morrison 🇺🇸 USA
1994 Kenzaburo Oe 🇯🇵 Japan
1995 Seamus Heaney 🇮🇪 Ireland
1996 Wislawa Szymborska 🇵🇱 Poland
1997 Dario Fo 🇮🇹 Italy
1998 José Saramago 🇵🇹 Portugal
1999 Günter Grass 🇩🇪 Germany
2000 Gao Xingjian 🇫🇷 France
2001 Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul 🇬🇧 UK
2002 Imre Kertész 🇭🇺 Hungary
2003 John M. Coetzee 🇿🇦 South Africa
2004 Elfriede Jelinek 🇦🇹 Austria
2005 Harold Pinter 🇬🇧 UK
2006 Orhan Pamuk 🇹🇷 Turkey
2007 Doris Lessing 🇬🇧 UK
2008 Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio 🇫🇷 France
2009 Herta Müller 🇩🇪 Germany
2010 Mario Vargas Llosa 🇵🇪 Peru
2011 Tomas Tranströmer 🇸🇪 Sweden
2012 Mo Yan 🇨🇳 China
2013 Alice Munro 🇨🇦 Canada
2014 Patrick Modiano 🇫🇷 France
2015 Svetlana Alexievich 🇧🇾 Belarus
2016 Bob Dylan 🇺🇸 USA Bob Dylan is also a famous singer, songwriter and musician.

for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition

2017 Sir Kazuo Ishiguro 🇬🇧 UK

who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world

2018 Olga Tokarczuk 🇵🇱 Poland

for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life

2019 Peter Handke 🇦🇹 Austria Handke’s bibliography contains screenplays, essays, novels, note books and dramatic works.

for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience

2020 Louise Glück 🇺🇸 USA Former USA poet laureate.

for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal

2021 The 2021 Nobel prize for literature winner will be announced during October 2021.

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