October 15th, 2005

The Nobel prizewinners meme

From peake via various: Which Nobel literature prizewinners have you heard of? Which have you read?

Conventions as already established: italics for those I've heard of, bold for those I've actually read:
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All correct, so far as I can see - but I'd agree there's something atypical in having read five of the first dozen winners and only one out of the last fifty (or at least read and remembered doing so). To be honest, I've read only a couple of short stories by at least three of those five (the exceptions being Kipling and arguably Maeterlinck) - the result of a childhood in which the twenty volumes of the "Masterpiece Library of Short Stories" was on a bookshelf just outside my bedroom door and thus easily borrowed when I'd run out of other things to read.