Nobel Prize for Literature

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Man at Heart of Nobel Literature Scandal Convicted of Rape

Jean-Claude Arnault, 72, sentenced Monday to 2 years in prison

(Newser) - The man at the center of a sex abuse and financial crimes scandal in Sweden that has tarnished the academy that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature was convicted of rape and sentenced Monday to two years in prison. Jean-Claude Arnault, 72, a major cultural figure in Sweden, had faced... More »

There Will Be No Nobel for Literature This Year

Prize called off amid sex-abuse scandal

(Newser) - The Nobel Prize in literature will be not awarded this year following sex-abuse allegations and other issues within the ranks of the Swedish Academy that selects the winner. The academy said Friday the 2018 prize will be given in 2019. The decision was made at a weekly meeting in Stockholm... More »

Photographer Accused of Groping Swedish Princess

Scandal threatens to derail Nobel Prize for Literature

(Newser) - A French photographer whose alleged sexual misconduct sparked a scandal threatening to cancel this year's Nobel Prize in Literature was so brazen that he groped Sweden's future queen at a public event, witnesses say. Swedish writer Ebba Witt-Brattström tells the Telegraph that at a 2006 event put... More »

Like the Stuff of a Novel, Scandal Rips at Nobel Body

Sara Danius, public face of body that gives out Literature Nobel, is out

(Newser) - A male accused of sexual assault and leaks of secret information; a woman who takes the fall. What sounds like the plot of novel is instead the true story of a scandal that's riling the literary world. Sara Danius, who has since 2015 served as the first female permanent... More »

Ishiguro Explains How He Wrote Remains of the Day in 4 Weeks

'Guardian' is re-running 2014 piece in wake of Nobel win

(Newser) - In the wake of Kazuo Ishiguro being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, the Guardian is re-running a 2014 piece the author wrote for the paper about how he wrote his most famous work, Remains of the Day, in just four weeks. It was 1987, and he'd quit his... More »

Remains of the Day Author Wins Nobel in Literature

Britain's Kazuo Ishiguro is the 2017 laureate

(Newser) - After last year's unconventional decision to give Bob Dylan the Nobel Prize in Literature, the panel went a more traditional route this year: The winner announced Thursday is British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, perhaps best known as the author of Remains of the Day. Ishiguro, “in novels of great... More »

Bob Dylan Finally Has His Nobel Prize

Nearly 6 months after his win was announced

(Newser) - Bob Dylan finally has his hands on his Nobel Literature diploma and medal, almost six months after his win was announced. Klas Ostergren, a member of the Swedish Academy, said the 75-year-old American singer-songwriter received his award during a small gathering Saturday afternoon at a hotel next to the conference... More »

Bob Dylan Finally Gets Around to His Nobel

He'll stop by Stockholm to pick up that Literature prize he won months ago

(Newser) - Bob Dylan will be knockin' on the Swedish Academy's door this weekend to finally pick up his Nobel Prize in Literature. Rolling Stone reports that the singer-songwriter, who famously didn't reply right away upon learning he'd won the prize in October—and who sent singer Patti Smith... More »

Patti Smith Blanks on Dylan's Lyrics

Singer needed 2 takes on 'A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall,' apologizes for her nerves

(Newser) - In perhaps a reminder that no good deed goes unpunished, Patti Smith showed up Saturday at the Nobel Prize awards to perform in the stead of the elusive Bob Dylan on the occasion of his unprecedented Nobel for Literature —and needed a couple of tries to get his lyrics... More »

Bob Dylan Picks His Stand-In for Nobel Ceremony

None other than Patti Smith, who will perform

(Newser) - Bob Dylan says he's too busy to attend the Nobel ceremony in Stockholm on Dec. 10 to pick up his literature prize , but he's sending quite the stand-in. Rock legend Patti Smith will be there in his place and will perform Dylan's "A Hard Rain's... More »

Dylan Leaves Nobel Academy Twistin' in the Wind

Singer/songwriter says he has 'other commitments,' but is 'incredibly honored'

(Newser) - Bob Dylan was oddly silent about his Nobel Prize win, and now he's officially let the Nobel academy know that while he is "incredibly honored" by the literature prize, he won't be at the ceremony in Sweden to actually pick it up. His letter blamed "other... More »

Bob Dylan Finally Opens up About Nobel Prize Win

'Whoever dreams about something like that?'

(Newser) - Stop the presses and forget the emails : We finally know what Bob Dylan thinks about winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. "Isn't that something?" he tells the Telegraph in an exclusive interview. Surprisingly, Dylan said even more than that on the topic after nearly two weeks after ignoring... More »

To Understand Dylan's Nobel Silence, Read Sartre

It's about 'bad faith,' explains an op-ed

(Newser) - One member of the Nobel academy thinks it's "arrogant" that Bob Dylan won't acknowledge his literature prize. Poet and critic Adam Kirsch thinks it's "wonderful," and he explains why in a New York Times op-ed. He notes that philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre refused his own... More »

Nobel Academy Member: Dylan Is 'Impolite and Arrogant'

The musician still hasn't publicly responded to winning the Nobel Prize

(Newser) - Bob Dylan still hasn't acknowledged being given the Nobel Prize for literature, and it sounds like some members of the academy behind the prize are starting to get a bit fed up, the Guardian reports. "It's impolite and arrogant," says writer Per Wastberg, a member of... More »

Bob Dylan Acknowledges Nobel Win, Ever So Briefly

His website includes a line about the win, then removes it

(Newser) - Bob Dylan acknowledged his Nobel Prize win—but only momentarily. The musician has been oddly quiet about winning the literature prize, but a fan noticed that his official website added a line to this page that said "Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature." But by Friday morning,... More »

Nobel Panel to Dylan: You Win! Dylan to Nobel Panel: ...

Singer's answer is still apparently off blowin' in the wind

(Newser) - On Thursday, the Swedish Academy dropped a culture bomb in the form of a Nobel in Literature for Bob Dylan for his "poetic expressions." It is now Monday, and Dylan has yet to respond, poetically or otherwise, and the Nobel Committee is somewhat publicly throwing up its hands.... More »

Trainspotting Author on Dylan's Nobel: 'Ill Conceived'

Irvine Welsh does not think music and literature should mix in picking prize recipients

(Newser) - "Bob Dylan" was one of the top Twitter trends Thursday thanks to the troubadour taking home the Nobel Prize for Literature . But while most of social media is beaming at his newest honor, Scottish author Irvine Welsh, who wrote the novel Trainspotting, isn't terribly pleased, the AP reports.... More »

And the Nobel for Literature Goes to: Bob Dylan

For his 'poetic expressions'

(Newser) - Sometimes the Nobel winner in literature is an obscure writer little known to mainstream audiences. And then there's this year's winner: Bob Dylan. The Nobel panel chose the 75-year-old "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition," it announced in a press... More »

Writer Who Captured Chernobyl Disaster Wins Nobel

Svetlana Alexievich is known for journalistic style, eyewitness accounts

(Newser) - A Belarus writer known for what Swedish Academy judges called "her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time," won the Nobel Prize for Literature Thursday, the Guardian reports. Svetlana Alexievich, 67, has made her name by instilling a journalistic style heavy on eyewitness accounts... More »

French Recluse Modiano Wins Literature Nobel

Work explores Jewishness, Nazi occupation of France

(Newser) - Patrick Modiano of France, whose work focuses on the Nazi occupation and its effect on his country, was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature today. The Swedish Academy gave the $1.1 million prize to Modiano "for the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable... More »

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