“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.
Doris Lessing's biography begins in Kermanshah, Iran, then called Persia, where she was born and lived the first years of her life.Read the biography
Doris Lessing comments on her early days as a writer and talks about the work on her debut book, 'The Grass is Singing'.Complete interview
Watch Doris Lessing receive her Nobel Prize during a ceremony in the main gallery of The Wallace Collection in London, England, on 30 January 2008.See a clip from the ceremony
Alice Munro reflects on being awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature - and her decision to retire.
Alice Munro is the 13th woman awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature so far. She is also the 110th Literature Laureate in total.All Nobel Prize Awarded Women
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Alfred Nobel's prescriptions for the Literature Prize were vague and caused much discussion. 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
Nobel Prizes in Literature have been awarded 1901-2013.
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.
Peter Englund, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, answers frequently asked questions about the Nobel Prize in Literature.
2013 is the 100th year anniversary of the 1913 Nobel Prize in Literature to Rabindranath Tagore. Fairly unknown in Europe at the time, the Nobel Committee at the Swedish Academy was particularly moved by his Gitanjali: Song Offerings (1912), a collection of religious poems.Read about Tagore and his India
in his banquet speech, 1991 Laureate in Economic Sciences Amartya Sen acknowledged the tolerant and rationalist ideals of the poet Rabindranath Tagore.Watch the speech
Discover visitors' book tips for Rabindranath Tagore.Read the tips
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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