Nobel prize literature winners

Nobel Prize Literature Winners

Nobel Prize Literature Winners Since 1901 – 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. Four other Nobel Prizes are also awarded for outstanding contributions in physics, chemistry, medicine/physiology and peace.

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YearNobel Prize LaureatesNationality
1901Rene F. A. Sully Prudhomme.French.
1902Theodore Mommsen.German.
1903Bjornsterne Bjornson.Norwegian.
1904Frederic Mistral.French.
1904Jose Echegaray.Spanish.
1905Henryk Sienkiewicz.Polish.
1906Giosue Carducci.Italian.
1907Rudyard Kipling.British.
1908Rudolf C. Eucken.German.
1909Selma Lagerlöf.Swedish.
1910Paul J. L. Heyse.German.
1911Maurice Maeterlinck.Belgium.
1912Gerhart Hauptmann.German.
1913Rabindranath Tagore.India.
1914No Nobel prize literature winners awarded.
1915Romain Rolland.French.
1916Verner von Heidenstam.Swedish.
1917Karl A. Gjellerup.Danish.
1917Henrik Pontoppidan.Danish.
1918No Nobel prize literature winners awarded.
1919Carl F. G. Spitteler.Swiss.
1920Knut Hamsun.Norwegian.
1921Anatole France.French.
1922Jacinto Benavente.Spanish.
1923William Butler Yeats.Irish.
1924Wladyslaw S. Reymont.Polish.
1925George Bernard Shaw.Irish / British.
1926Grazia Deledda.Italian.
1927Henri Bergson.French.
1928Sigrid Undset.Norwegian.
1929Thomas Mann.German.
1930Sinclair Lewis.US American.
1931Erik A. Karlfeldt.Swedish.
1932John Galsworthy.British.
1933Ivan A. Bunin.Soviet.
1934Luigi Pirandello.Italian.
1935No Nobel prize literature winners awarded.
1936Eugene O’Neill.US American.
1937Roger Martin du Gard.French.
1938Parl S. Buck.US American.
1939Frans E. Sillanpää.Finnish.
1940No Nobel prize literature winners awarded.
1941No Nobel prize literature winners awarded.
1942No Nobel prize literature winners awarded.
1943No Nobel prize literature winners awarded.
1944Johannes V. Jensen.Danish.
1945Gabriela Mistral.Chilean.
1946Hermann Hesse.German / Swiss.
1947André Gide.French.
1948T. S. Eliot.British.
1949William Faulkner.US American.
1950Bertrand Russell.British.
1951Pär F. Lagerkvist.Swedish.
1952Francois Mauriac.French.
1953Sir Winston Churchill.British.
1954Ernest Hemingway.US American.
1955Halldor K. Laxness.Icelandic.
1956Juan Ramón Jiménez.Spanish.
1957Albert Camus.French.
1958Boris L. Pasternak (declined).Soviet.
1959Salvatore Quasimodo.Italian.
1960Saint-John Perse.French.
1961Ivo Andric.Yugoslavian.
1962John Steinbeck.US American.
1963Giorgos Seferis.Greek.
1964Jean Paul Sartre (declined).French.
1965Mikhail Sholokhov.Soviet.
1966Samuel Joseph Agnon.Israeli.
1966Nelly Sachs.Swedish.
1967Miguel Angel Asturias.Guatemalan.
1968Yasunari Kawabata.Japanese.
1969Samuel Beckett.Irish.
1970Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn.Soviet.
1971Pablo Neruda.Chilean.
1972Heinrich Böll.German.
1973Patrick White.Australia.
1974Eyvind Johnson.Swedish.
1974Harry Edmund Martinson.Swedish.
1975Eugenio Montale.Italian.
1976Saul Bellow.US American.
1977Vicente Aleixandre.Spanish.
1978Isaac Bashevis Singer.US American.
1979Odysseus Elytis.Greek.
1980Czeslaw Milosz.Polish / US American.
1981Elias Canetti.Bulgarian / British.
1982Gabriel Garcia Marquez.Columbia / Mexico.
1983William Golding.British.
1984Jaroslav Siefert.Czechoslovakian.
1985Claude Simon.French.
1986Wole Soyinka.Nigerian.
1987Joseph Brodsky.Soviet / US American.
1988Naguib Mahfouz.Egyptian.
1989Camilo José Cela.Spanish.
1990Octavio Paz.Mexican.
1991Nadine Gordimer.South African.
1992Derek Walcott.West Indian.
1993Toni Morrison.US American.
1994Kenzaburo Oe.Japanese.
1995Seamus Heaney.Irish.
1996Wislawa Szymborska.Polish.
1997Dario Fo.Italian.
1998José Saramago.Portugal.
1999Günter Grass.German.
2000Gao Xingjian.French.
2001Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul.British.
2002Imre Kertész.Hungarian.
2003John M. Coetzee.South African.
2004Elfriede Jelinek.Austrian.
2005Harold Pinter.British.
2006Orhan Pamuk.Turkish.
2007Doris Lessing.British.
2008Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio.French.
2009Herta Müller.German.
2010Mario Vargas Llosa.Peruvian.
2011Tomas Tranströmer.Swedish.
2012Mo Yan.Chinese.
2013Alice Munro.Canadian.
2014Patrick Modiano.France.
2015Svetlana Alexievich.Belarusian.
2016Bob Dylan (Singer, Songwriter, Musician).US American.
2017Sir Kazuo Ishiguro.British.
2018Olga Tokarczuk.Polish.
2019Peter Handke.Austrian.
2020The 2020 Nobel prize for literature winner will be announced during October 2020.

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