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Why Tolkien Wasn't Given Nobel Prize: Bad Writing

Jury member was not impressed with storytelling
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2012 8:58 AM CST

(Newser) – His novels became classics, but back in 1961, JRR Tolkien's work wasn't good enough for the Nobel Prize committee. The Lord of the Rings author was nominated that year by fellow fantasy author CS Lewis, but the committee rejected him because his writing wasn't good enough, the Telegraph reports. In documents released half a century later, one jury member says Tolkien's work "has not in any way measured up to storytelling of the highest quality." Also rejected that year: Robert Frost (too old) and EM Forster ("a shadow of his former self.").

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