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years was the age of the oldest Literature Laureate ever, Doris Lessing.


years was the age of the youngest Literature Laureate ever, Rudyard Kipling, awarded the Nobel Prize in 1907 and best known for 'The Jungle Book'.


women have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature so far.


persons declined the Nobel Prize in Literature - Boris Pasternak and Jean Paul Sartre.

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"Once upon our time, there was an earthquake ..."

1991 Nobel Laureate in Literature Nadine Gordimer reads her short story Loot from "Loot and Other Stories".

"I first became acquainted with the Amazon jungle halfway through 1958 ..."

Mario Vargas Llosa, 2010 Literature Laureate, reads an excerpt from "The Storyteller" ("El Hablador").

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"Here we come to the heart of the matter: I've never left Istanbul - never left the houses, streets and neighbourhoods of my childhood ..."

2006 Nobel Laureate in Literature Orhan Pamuk reads from his novel "Istanbul: Memories of a City".

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Featured Literature Laureates

Svetlana Alexievich

Svetlana Alexievich - Composes Collages of Human Voices

Svetlana Alexievich depicts life during and after the Soviet Union through the experience of individuals.

Read an excerpt from her book Voices from Chernobyl
Naguib Mahfouz

Naguib Mahfouz - His Works Speaks to Us All

Naguib Mahfouz' rich and complex work invites us to reconsider the fundamental things in life: the nature of time and love, society and norms, knowledge and faith.

Read the beginning of his novel Midaq Alley
Herta Müller

Herta Müller - Writing Against Terror

Almost everything Herta Müller writes is about life under Ceauşescu's Romanian dictatorship, its fear and betrayal and constant surveillance.

Read Herta Müller's Nobel Lecture Every word knows something of a vicious circle
Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka - Inspired by His Country's History

Wole Soyinka's background and upbringing in the small Nigerian town of Aké, with a mixture of traditional and western traditions, gave him unusual conditions for a literary career.

Read an excerpt from his book Aké. The Years of Childhood

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Toni Morrison

"But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives"

In her Nobel Lecture, Toni Morrison talks about the power of language, and that it's important that we all take responsibility for it.

Bob Dylan. Photo: William Claxton Photo: William Claxton

"I am in very rare company"

Bob Dylan did not attend the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony in Stockholm in December 2016, but he wrote a speech for the Nobel Banquet, here read by Azita Raji, then the United States' Ambassador to Sweden.

Harold Pinter

"Truth in drama is forever elusive"

Due to health reasons, Harold Pinter gave his Nobel Lecture Art, Truth & Politics as a video lecture.

William Faulkner

"It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart"

In his speech at the Nobel Banquet, William Faulkner talks about the role of the writer, and his responsibility.


Lord of the Flies

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The Nobel Foundation’s Board comments on the events within the Swedish Academy

New exhibition about Martin Luther King, Jr. opens this autumn at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm

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Lisa Batiashvili, Violin, Soloist at the 2018 Nobel Prize Concert

Lisa Batiashvili, praised for her virtuosity and profound sensitivity, will be this years soloist at the 2018 Nobel Prize Concert. Tickets go on sale on 16 May at

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Nobel Prize Concert

The Nobel Prize Concert

The Nobel Prize Concert is a classical music concert of the highest international standard, arranged every year by Nobel Media in cooperation with the Stockholm Concert Hall, and held in honour of the current year's Nobel Laureates.

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Nobel Laureates Facts

May-Britt Moser receiving her Nobel Prize from His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. Copyright © Nobel Media AB 2014. Photo: Niklas Elmehed

All Nobel Laureates

Between 1901 and 2017, the Nobel Prizes and the Prize in Economic Sciences were awarded 585 times to 923 people and organizations.

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Pierre and Marie Curie

Nobel Prize Awarded Organizations

The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded 27 times to organizations.

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Alice Munro

Nobel Prizes to Women

The Nobel Prize and Prize in Economic Sciences have been awarded to women 49 times between 1901 and 2017.

All Nobel Prize awarded women

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© Nobel Media AB. Photo: Pi Frisk

Alfred Nobel Established the Nobel Prizes

On 27 November 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his third and last will at the Swedish-Norwegian Club in Paris. When it was opened and read after his death, the will caused a lot of controversy both in Sweden and internationally, as Alfred Nobel had left much of his wealth for the establishment of a prize.

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© David Chipperfield Architects

Nobel Center - A New Public Building

Nobel Center is to be built on Blasieholmen, on a wonderful site along Stockholm's central waterfront.

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In Memoriam

Peter Grünberg

Peter Grünberg Passes Away

Peter Grünberg shared the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physics for discovering the phenomenon Giant Magneto Resistance (GMR). He passed away on 9 April at age 78. Applications of this phenomenon have revolutionized techniques for retrieving data from hard disks.

Peter Grünberg's autobiography
2007 Nobel Prize in Physics

John E. Sulston

Sir John Sulston 1942-2018

Pioneering genome scientist Sir John Sulston has passed away at the age of 75. He shared the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discoveries which contributed to the understanding of how genes control cell division and cell death in organisms.

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Richard E. Taylor Passes Away

Richard E. Taylor passed away on 22 February, age 88. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 1990 for investigations that found clear signs that there exists an inner structure in the protons and neutrons of the atomic nucleus.

Biography of Richard E. Taylor
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Günter Blobel

Günter Blobel Dies at 81

Medicine Laureate and molecular biologist Günter Blobel passed away on 18 February. Blobel discovered that newly made proteins in living cells are provided with an "address tag" in order to be directed to the right location in the body.

Autobiograhy of Günter Blobel
1999 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine