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Overview: All Nobel laureates since 1901

2019-10-10T11:13:29.462Z

The first Nobel Prize for literature was awarded in 1901 to the French poet and philosopher Sully Prudhomme. Anyone who has received the prize since then, see here in overview.




No Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded in 2018 - because of disputes in the Swedish Academy as a result of abuse proceedings. Also in the years 1914, 1918, 1935 as well as from 1940 to 1943 no Nobel Prize for literature was awarded. Four times - in 1904, 1917, 1966 and 1974 - two writers had to share the award. Also in 2019 there will be two winners, one of which will be awarded the prize for 2018.

Two authors have rejected the Nobel Prize so far: In 1958, the Soviet author Boris Pasternak had to reject the price under pressure from his government. The Frenchman Jean-Paul Sartre refused in 1964 to accept the award.

The Nobel Prize winners at a glance:

2017 Kazuo Ishiguro (Great Britain, born in Japan)

2016 Bob Dylan (USA)

2015 Svetlana Alexievich (Belarus)

2014 Patrick Modiano (France)

2013 Alice Munro (Canada)

2012 Mo Yan (China)

2011 Tomas Tranströmer (Sweden)

2010 Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru)

2009 Herta Müller (Germany)

2008 Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio (France)

2007 Doris Lessing (Great Britain)

2006 Orhan Pamuk (Turkey)

2005 Harold Pinter (Great Britain)

2004 Elfriede Jelinek (Austria)

2003 JM Coetzee (South Africa)

2002 Imre Kertész (Hungary)

2001 VS Naipaul (Great Britain, born in Trinidad)

2000 Gao Xingjian (France, born in China,)

1999 Günter Grass (Germany)

1998 José Saramago (Portugal)

1997 Dario Fo (Italy)

1996 Wislawa Szymborska (Poland)

1995 Seamus Heaney (Ireland)

1994 Kenzaburo Oe (Japan)

1993 Toni Morrison (USA)

1992 Derek Walcott (St. Lucia)

1991 Nadine Gordimer (South Africa)

1990 Octavio Paz (Mexico)

1989 Camilo José Cela (Spain)

1988 Nagib Mahfus (Egypt)

1987 Joseph Brodsky (USA, born in Russia)

1986 Wole Soyinka (Nigeria)

1985 Claude Simon (France)

1984 Jaroslav Seifert (Czechoslovakia)

1983 William Golding (Great Britain)

1982 Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia)

1981 Elias Canetti (Great Britain, born in Bulgaria)

1980 Czeslaw Milosz (USA, born in Poland)

1979 Odysseus Elytis (Greece)

1978 Isaac Bashevis Singer (USA, born in Poland)

1977 Vicente Aleixandre (Spain)

1976 Saul Bellow (USA, born in Canada)

1975: Eugenio Montale (Italy)

1974: Eyvind Johnson and Harry Martinson (Sweden)

1973: Patrick White (Australia, born in the UK).

1972: Heinrich Böll (West Germany)

1971: Pablo Neruda (Chile)

1970: Alexander Solzhenitsyn (Russia)

1969: Samuel Beckett (Ireland)

1968: Yasunari Kawabata (Japan)

1967: Miguel A. Asturias (Guatemala)

1966: Samuel J. Agnon (Israel, born in Poland) and Nelly Sachs (Sweden, born in Germany)

1965: Mikhail Sholokhov (Russia)

1964: Jean-Paul Sartre (France, Prize denied)

1963: Giorgos Seferis (Greece, born in Turkey)

1962: John Steinbeck (USA)

1961 Ivo Andric (Yugoslavia)

1960 Saint-John Perse (France born in Guadeloupe)

1959 Salvatore Quasimodo (Italy)

1958 Boris Pasternak (USSR)

1957 Albert Camus (France)

1956 Juan Ramon Jiménez (Spain)

1955 Halldór Kiljan Laxness (Iceland)

1954 Ernest Hemingway (USA)

1953 Winston Churchill (Great Britain)

1952 François Mauriac (France)

1951 Pär Lagerkvist (Sweden)

1950 Bertrand Russell (Great Britain)

1949 William Faulkner (USA)

1948 Thomas Stearns Eliot (Great Britain)

1947 André Gide (France)

1946 Hermann Hesse (Germany / Switzerland)

1945 Gabriela Mistral (Chile)

1944 Johannes Vilhelm Jensen (Denmark)

Not awarded in 1943

Not awarded in 1942

Not awarded in 1941

1940 not awarded

1939 Frans Eemil Sillanpää (Finland)

1938 Pearl S. Buck (USA)

1937 Roger Martin du Gard (France)

1936 Eugene O'Neill (USA)

Not awarded in 1935

1934 Luigi Pirandello (Italy)

1933 Ivan Bunin (Russia)

1932 John Galsworthy (Great Britain)

1931 Erik Axel Karlfeldt (Sweden)

1930 Sinclair Lewis (USA)

1929 Thomas Mann (Germany)

1928 Sigrid Undset (Norway)

1927 Henri Bergson (France)

1926 Grazia Deledda (Italy)

1925 George Bernard Shaw (Great Britain)

1924 Wladyslaw Reymont (Poland)

1923 William Butler Yeats (Ireland)

1922 Jacinto Benavente (Spain)

1921 Anatole France (France)

1920 Knut Hamsun (Norway)

1919 Carl Spitteler (Switzerland)

Not awarded in 1918

1917 Karl Gjellerup (Denmark) and Henrik Pontoppidan (Denmark)

1916 Verner von Heidenstam (Sweden)

1915 Romain Rolland (France)

1914 not awarded

1913 Rabindranath Tagore (India)

1912 Gerhart Hauptmann (Germany)

1911 Maurice Maeterlinck (Belgium)

1910 Paul Heyse (Germany)

1909 Selma Lagerlöf (Sweden)

1908 Rudolf Eucken (Germany)

1907 Rudyard Kipling (Great Britain)

1906 Giosuè Carducci (Italy)

1905 Henryk Sienkiewicz (Poland)

1904 Frédéric Mistral (France) and José Echegaray (Spain)

1903 Björnstjerne Björnson (Norway)

1902 Theodor Mommsen (Germany)

1901 René Sully Prudhomme (France)

Source: spiegel

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