Peter Wilkinson (pwilkinson) wrote,
Peter Wilkinson
pwilkinson

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:

2005 Harold Pinter
2004 Elfriede Jelinek
2003 J.M. Coetzee
2002 Imre Kertesz
2001 V.S. Naipaul
2000 Gao Xingjian
1999 Gunter Grass
1998 Jose Saramago
1997 Dario Fo
1996 Wislawa Szymborska
1995 Seamus Heaney
1994 Kenzaburo Oe
1993 Toni Morrison
1992 Derek Walcott
1991 Nadine Gordimer
1990 Octavio Paz
1989 Camilo Jose Cela
1988 Naguib Mahfouz
1987 Joseph Brodsky
1986 Wole Soyinka
1985 Claude Simon
1984 Jaroslav Seifert
1983 William Golding
1982 Gabriel Garcia Marquez
1981 Elias Canetti
1980 Czeslaw Milosz
1979 Odysseus Elytis
1978 Isaac Bashevis Singer
1977 Vicente Aleixandre
1976 Saul Bellow
1975 Eugenio Montale
1974 Eyvind Johnson and Harry Martinson
1973 Patrick White
1972 Heinrich Boll
1971 Pablo Neruda
1970 Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
1969 Samuel Beckett
1968 Yasunari Kawabata
1967 Miguel Angel Asturias
1966 Samuel Agnon, Nelly Sachs
1965 Mikhail Sholokhov
1964 Jean Paul Sartre
1963 Giorgios Seferis
1962 John Steinbeck
1961 Ivo Andric
1960 Saint-John Perse
1959 Salvatore Quasimodo
1958 Boris Pasternak
1957 Albert Camus
1956 Juan Ramon Jimenez
1955 Halldor Laxness
1954 Ernest Hemingway
1953 Winston S. Churchill
1952 Francois Mauriac
1951 Par Lagerkvist
1950 Bertrand Russell
1949 William Faulkner
1948 T.S. Eliot
1947 Andre Gide
1946 Hermann Hesse
1945 Gabriela Mistral
1944 Johannes V. Jensen
1939 Frans Eemil Silanpaa
1938 Pearl Buck
1937 Roger Martin du Gard
1936 Eugene O'Neill
1934 Luigi Pirandello
1933 Ivan Bunin
1932 John Galsworthy
1931 Erik Axel Karlfeldt
1930 Sinclair Lewis
1929 Thomas Mann
1928 Sigrid Undset
1927 Henri Bergson
1926 Grazia Deledda
1925 George Bernard Shaw
1924 Wladyslaw Reymont
1923 William Butler Yeats
1922 Jacinto Benavente
1921 Anatole France
1920 Knut Hamsun
1919 Carl Spitteler
1917 Karl Gjellerup and Henrik Pontoppidan
1916 Verner von Heidenstam
1915 Romain Rolland
1913 Rabindranaqth Tagore
1912 Gerhart Hauptmann
1911 Maurice Maeterlinck
1910 Paul Heyse
1909 Selma Lagerlof
1908 Rudolf Eucken
1907 Rudyard Kipling
1906 Giosue Carducci
1905 Henryk Sienkiewicz
1904 Frederic Mistral, Jose Echegaray
1903 Bjornstjerne Bjornson
1902 Theodor Mommsen
1901 Sully Prudhomme

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.
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