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the Nobel Prize for Literature

Here The Muse Of Literature presents a list of present and past winners of the Nobel Prize For Literature.

The Muse has determined that the only Nobel Prize category that pertains to literature is the Nobel Prize for Literature. Accordingly, the literature prize is the only award category displayed here.






The nobel prize for Literature Awards List

—scroll down this recipient list until you find a name or year of interest—

See detailed information about a specific award winner and his award:

  • Visit the Laureates Page at the Nobel web site: click here.

At the Nobel web site click the name at the Laureates Page and see a recipient's biography, acceptance lecture, photos, announcement video, interview video, and other information.

About the nobel prize in literature

The Nobel Prize In Literature is awarded to an individual for contributions to or excellence in one or more of a variety of literary fields, including poetry, novels, short stories, plays, essays and speeches. It is not given for a specific work or works.

The first prize was awarded in 1901 to the poet and philosopher Sully Prudhomme, author of Stances et Poèmes (1865). Since then, prizes have been awarded to authors from a number of different languages and cultural backgrounds, ranging from relatively unknown masters to authors acclaimed worldwide.


The award goes to an individual for contributions to or excellence in one or more of a variety of literary fields.

Literary fields:

  • The novel.
  • The short story.
  • Drama.
  • Essay.
  • Speech writing.

nobel web site pages

Editorial by ETAF staff

ETAF Staff is struck by the high regard in which the public holds the Nobel Prize. Not just the public; scholars, peace workers, artists, and scientists who work in fields recognized by the Prizes regard them as the highest possible honor they can receive. No other award can advance a professional's career as much, raise his prestige to such a high plateau, or so radically change his life.

Is this elevation of Nobel's prize to God-like status justified, or should we be more critical when we read the list of award recipients?

About alfred nobel

Alfred Nobel was born in 1833 in Stockholm, Sweden. His family was descended from Olof Rudbeck, the best-known technical genius of Sweden's 17th century era, when it's political and economic power was at its height. in 1866, Nobel invented dynamite, the source of his personal wealth, and later built up companies and laboratories in more than 20 countries all over the world. Nobel provided a fund and organization for the establishment and continuation of the Nobel Prizes. He died on December 10, 1896.

About the nobel foundation

The Foundation, a private institution established in 1900, is funded by the will of Alfred Nobel. It manages the assets made available through his will for awarding Nobel Prizes. Prizes are given in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature and Peace. The Foundation represents the Nobel institutions and administers and distributes information. Its most famous undertaking is the presentation of the Nobel Prize.

About the Nobel museum

The Nobel Museum illustrates a century of creativity:

  • Follow the changes of the 20th century through the Nobel Prize and the Laureates.
  • Explore the work and the ideas of more than 700 creative minds presented through short films, original artifacts and computers, and in the exhibition "Cultures of Creativity."
  • See the dynamite, the mould and the books that changed the world!

Visit the Nobel Museum in the heart of Stockholm, the Old Town/Gamla Stan. The Nobel Museum also has an inspiring Book- and Giftshop well worth a visit.

You will find more information at the Foundation's web site. Sorry, the web site does not offer a tour of its contents.

ETAF Recommends

Books about Nobel Prize you might want to read:

  • Nobel Prize Women in Science: Their Lives, Struggles and Momentous Discoveries, by Sharon Bertsch McGrayne.
  • The Nobel Book of Answers: The Dalai Lama, Mikhail Gorbachev, Shimon Peres, and Other Nobel Prize Winners Answer Some of Life's Most Intriguing Questions for Young People, by various authors.
  • The Road to Stockholm: Nobel Prizes, Science, and Scientists, by Istvan Hargittai and James D. Watson.



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