Lists of Nobel Prizes and Laureates

Nobel Lectures in Literature 1968-1980


Edited by Sture Allén (Swedish Academy, Stockholm, Sweden)

Below is a list of the Nobel Laureates in Literature during the period 1968-1980 with a description of the work awarded with the Nobel Prize:

(1968) Y Kawabata - for his narrative mastery, which with great sensibility expresses the essence of the Japanese mind;

(1969) S Beckett - for his writing, which - in new forms for the novel and drama - in the destitution of modern man acquires its elevation;

(1970) A Solzhenitsyn - for the ethical force with which he has pursued the indispensable traditions of Russian literature;

(1971) P Neruda - for a poetry that with the action of an elemental force brings alive a continent's destiny and dreams;

(1972) H Böll - for his writing which through its combination of a broad perspective on his time and a sensitive skill in characterization has contributed to a renewal of German literature;

(1973) P White - for an epic and psychological narrative art which has introduced a new continent to literature;

(1974) E Johnson - for a narrative art, far-seeing in lands and ages, in the service of freedom; H Martinson - for writings that catch the dewdrop and reflect the cosmos;

(1975) E Montale - for his distinctive poetry which, with great artistic sensitivity, has interpreted human values under the sign of an outlook on life with no illusions;

(1976) S Bellow - for the human understanding and subtle analysis of contemporary culture that are combined in his work;

(1977) V Aleixandre - for a creative poetic writing which illuminates man's condition in the cosmos and in present-day society, at the same time representing the great renewal of the traditions of Spanish poetry between the wars;

(1978) I B Singer - for his impassioned narrative art which, with roots in a Polish-Jewish cultural tradition, brings universal human conditions to life;

(1979) O Elytis - for his poetry which, against the background of Greek tradition, depicts with sensuous strength and intellectual clear-sightedness modern man's struggle for freedom and creativeness;

(1980) C Milosz - who with uncompromising clear-sightedness voices man's exposed condition in a world of severe conflicts.

Pub. date: June 1994
ISBN 981-02-1174-0 (hardcover)
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