"The said interest shall be divided into five equal parts, which shall be apportioned as follows: /- - -/ one part to the person who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction ..."
(Excerpt from the will of Alfred Nobel)
Alfred Nobel had broad cultural interests. During his early youth, he developed his literary interests which lasted throughout his life. His library consisted of a rich and broad selection of literature in different languages. During the last years of his life, he tried his hand as an author and began writing fiction. Literature was the fourth prize area Nobel mentioned in his will.
The Nobel Prize in Literature is awarded by the Swedish Academy, Stockholm, Sweden.
Peter Englund, former Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, answers frequently asked questions about the Nobel Prize in Literature.Read Peter Englund's answers
Nobel Prizes in Literature have been awarded 1901-2016.
women have been awarded the Literature Prize so far.
Literature Prizes have been divided between two persons.
years was the age of the youngest Literature Laureate ever, Rudyard Kipling, best known for The Jungle Book.
years was the age of the oldest Literature Laureate ever, Doris Lessing, when she was awarded the Prize in 2007.
is the average age of the Nobel Laureates in Literature the year they were awarded the prize.
Alfred Nobel's prescriptions for the Literature Prize were quite vague. In fact, the history of the Literature Prize appears as a series of attempts to interpret an imprecisely worded will.More about Alfred Nobel's Will and the Literature Prize
Interview with Svetlana Alexievich, awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature, while the taxi waited outside to take her to the press conference.Transcript of the interview
Read Svetlana Alexievich's Nobel Lecture 'On the Battle Lost'.Nobel Lecture by Svetlana Alexievich
Not familiar with Svetlana Alexievich's work? Here, you can read an excerpt from her book Voices from Chernobyl.Read the excerpt
Memory, identity and time are central themes for Patrick Modiano. Read, or listen to, an excerpt from his book Dora Bruder.
In the Nobel Diplomas, the artists try to summarize something of the atmosphere and character of each author's works.
Patrick Modiano writes in French. Most common languages for the 111 Literature Laureates:
The aim of this game is to introduce some basic analytical aspects of the book and to challenge the reader's memory through play.Play the Lord of the Flies Game!
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