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Nominations 1901-1950

Nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature each year (1901-1950)

The number of nominations presented here are the total number of nominations that particular year - not the number of suggested individuals, nor the number of approved nominations the particular Nobel Laureate received that year.

All information concerning the nominations and selections of the Nobel Laureates is kept secret for 50 years, that's why we have only published information about the first 50 Nobel Prizes in Literature so far.

Year Nobel Prize was awarded Nobel Laureates Nomination year Total number
of nominees this year
(not only to that particular Nobel Laureate)
1901 Sully Prudhomme 1901 25
1902 Theodor Mommsen 1902 34
1903 Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson 1902, 1903 25
1904

Frédéric Mistral,
José Echegaray

Mistral: 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904

Echegaray: 1902, 1903, 1904

 

21
1905 Henryk Sienkiewicz 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905 15
1906 Giosuè Carducci 1902, 1903, 1905, 1906 20
1907 Rudyard Kipling 1903, 1905, 1907 21
1908 Rudolf Eucken 1908 16
1909 Selma Lagerlöf 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909 21
1910 Paul Heyse 1910 25
1911 Maurice Maeterlinck 1903, 1904, 1909, 1910, 1911 24
1912 Gerhart Hauptmann 1902, 1906, 1912 31
1913 Rabindranath Tagore 1913 28
1914 The prize for 1914 was reserved - 24
1915 Romain Rolland 1915, 1916(*)
* Awarded with the previous year's reserved Prize.
22 1
1916 Verner von Heidenstam 1909, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1915, 1916 29 2
1917 Karl Gjellerup, Henrik Pontoppidan

Gjellerup:
1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917
Pontoppidan:
1913, 1916, 1917

19
1918 The prize for 1918 was reserved - 16
1919 Carl Spitteler 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920(*)
* Awarded with the previous years reserved Prize.
12
1920 Knut Hamsun 1918, 1920 16
1921 Anatole France 1904, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1915, 1916, 1921 18
1922 Jacinto Benavente 1921, 1922 22 2
1923 William Butler Yeats 1902, 1914, 1915, 1918, 1921, 1922, 1923 20
1924 Wladyslaw Reymont 1919, 1920, 1922, 1924 18
1925 George Bernard Shaw 1911, 1912, 1921, 1924, 1925, 1926(*)
* Awarded with the previous years reserved Prize.
21
1926 Grazia Deledda 1913, 1914, 1915, 1917, 1918, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1927(*)
* Awarded with the previous years reserved Prize.
29
1927 Henri Bergson 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1918, 1921, 19283 23
1928 Sigrid Undset 1922, 1925, 1926, 1928 36
1929 Thomas Mann 1924, 1928, 1929, 19483 24
1930 Sinclair Lewis 1930 29
1931 Erik Axel Karlfeldt 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1929, 1931 30
1932 John Galsworthy 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1931, 1932 31
1933 Ivan Bunin 1923, 1931, 1932, 1933 29
1934 Luigi Pirandello 1934 28
1935 The prize money was with 1/3 allocated to the Main Fund and with 2/3 to the Special Fund of this prize section - 37
1936 Eugene O'Neill 1934, 1935, 1936 28
1937 Roger Martin du Gard 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937 37
1938 Pearl Buck 1938 29
1939 Frans Eemil Sillanpää 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938 33
1940 The prize money was with 1/3 allocated to the Main Fund and with 2/3 to the Special Fund of this prize section - 19
1941 The prize money was with 1/3 allocated to the Main Fund and with 2/3 to the Special Fund of this prize section - 15
1942 The prize money was with 1/3 allocated to the Main Fund and with 2/3 to the Special Fund of this prize section - 16
1943 The prize money was with 1/3 allocated to the Main Fund and with 2/3 to the Special Fund of this prize section - 20
1944 Johannes V. Jensen 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944 21
1945 Gabriela Mistral 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945 22
1946 Hermann Hesse 1931, 1938, 1939, 1942, 1944, 1946 22
1947 André Gide 1946, 1947 35
1948 T.S. Eliot 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948 31
1949 William Faulkner 1950(*)
* Awarded with the previous years reserved Prize. )
35
1950 Bertrand Russell 1950 54

 

1. Of which 11 were added by the committee due to bad/low supply of nominations

2. Of which 6 were added by the committee due to bad/low supply of nomination

3. Nominated for a second Nobel Prize in Literature

Reference: Nobelpriset i litteratur, Nomineringar och utlåtanden 1901-1950 utgivna av Bo Svensén. Svenska akademien, Stockholm 2001

 

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