Lists of Nobel Prizes and Laureates

Lists of Nobel Prizes and Laureates

The Nomination Database for the
Nobel Prize in Literature, 1901-1950

The Nomination Database Manual


The present registry comprises all candidates nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature since this Prize was instituted in 1901, with one important limitation, i.e. only material older than 50 years is included, as stipulated by the statutes of the Nobel Foundation. Currently, data until 1950 is included.

The database contains information recorded in the registry. If further information is desired, e.g. original documents and evaluations, a written application may be submitted to the Swedish Academy, Box 2118, SE-103 13 Stockholm. The application must include a description and reason for the intended study.



Nominator: The person who submitted the nomination.
Nominee: The person who is nominated. A maximum of three per nomination.
Evaluator: A person at the Prize Awarder who evaluated the nomination.


General Notes on Searching the Registry

1. All entries use the Latin alphabet, and wherever possible, the English language. Names of affiliations have been translated to English; where translation may cause confusion, the original name is given first followed by an English translation within parentheses. Non-English vowels in the names of nominees and nominators have generally been included; non-English consonants other than "ñ" have generally not been included.

2. The search function is not case sensitive.

3. For Laureates, this registry uses the spelling of names as decided by the Nobel Committee.

4. Abbreviations are not punctuated. For example, the registry will show St Louis and Washington, DC.

5. The Nobel Prize for certain years was awarded at a later date. In these cases, the year to which the award applies is listed in the field for "Received prize" for the nominee.

6. Occasionally, nominations are declared invalid by the Nobel Committee. This may be because they were received after the deadline, were submitted by ineligible nominators, or due to a number of other reasons. These are not included in the database.

7. Sometimes there are many nominators behind one nomination. In these cases only the first nominator is searchable in the database. The other nominators, if known, are mentioned in the "comments" field.


Description of the Information Provided

A detailed description of the information to be found under each heading (field) in the entry form is provided below, with the fields listed in the order that they appear on the entry form.

Year: Indicates the year when the Nobel Committee declared the nomination valid.

Number: This is a registration number assigned to each nomination. Use it for reference in case you have any questions.

Nominee: Up to three candidates may be listed per entry.

Name: The name of the nominated candidate.

Gender: Gender of the candidate. "M" denotes male, "F" denotes female.

Year, birth: Year of birth.

Year, death: Year of death.

Profession: Profession of the candidate.

Affiliation: Academic institution or company/organization of employment of the candidate at the time of nomination, if applicable.

City: The city in which the candidate works or resides. English/international names have been used for cities. The city name in use at the time of the nomination has been used in the first instance.

Country: Two letter codes have been used, according to the ISO 3166-1 standard. See the "list of countries" for a list of all countries present in the database. Additionally, for the United States and Canada, two letter codes have been used to indicate state or province. For cities where borders have changed, the country at the time of the nomination is listed.

*The abbreviations CZ and YU have been used for all regions of former Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia respectively, regardless of the year of nomination.

Received prize: If the candidate has been awarded a Nobel Prize in any category, this is indicated here with the abbreviation for the category and the year the prize was received.

Motivation: The motivation, as presented by the nominator, for the nominee to receive the Nobel Prize.

Nominator: Details for one nominator are listed per entry.

Information for the nominator follows the same guidelines as for the nominee(s), with the following exceptions:

a) dates of birth/death are not provided,

b) if the nominator has received a Nobel Prize, the category and year are given in the "Profession" or "Comments" fields.

Sometimes there are several nominators behind one nomination. In these cases, only the first nominator is searchable in the database. The other nominators are mentioned in the "comments" field if known.


Simple Search

The simple search is performed for names of nominators and nominees, and the year.

To search for all nominations made in 1901, type "1901" in the search field and press "GO". To search for all nominations of Smith and all nominations made by Smith, type "Smith" in the search field and press "GO".

If you type more than one word, only nominations matching all words will be shown.


Advanced search

The advanced search allows you to specify the search in more detail.

You can search for three terms at the same time. For each term, specify if it is the field for the name, gender or country for the nominee or the name, gender or country for the nominator you want to search for. Please note that depending on the field you choose, your search term must fit this field, i.e. if you search for a country, use the two-letter code, if you search for a gender, use either M or F. For information about each field, see above.

For each term you can specify the logical operators "contains", "is" or "is not". "Contains" means that your term must be present in the field. "Is" means that the field must be exactly what you write in the search term. "Is not" means that the search term must not be present.

You can specify one or several words in each term. If you choose "contains" the logical operand "and" is used for the words in the field. If you choose "is" or "is not", the words are treated as a complete search term.

Between each term you can specify the logical operators "or" or "and".

To restrict the search to nominations between 1920 and 1930, you can specify "Begin at 1920. End at 1930".

You may order the result according to the year of the nomination, nominator's last name and first nominee's last name.



You may list all countries present in the database. The list will display how many entries in the database that contain this search term, and you may directly perform the searches by clicking on the number.

All lists are calculated on demand and may therefore take some time.


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