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. Four other Nobel Prizes are also awarded for outstanding contributions in physics, chemistry, medicine/physiology and peace.

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

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