Nobel Prize Winners in Literature List (1901 to 2022)

Information about the Nobel Prize in Literature:

The Nobel Prize is the world's highest award given in the field of literature. The prize has been awarded annually by the Nobel Foundation since 1901 to an author of any country who, according to the will of Sir Alfred Nobel, "has made a significant contribution to the field of literature", although the individual's work is sometimes particularly noteworthy. No, the work here refers solely to the work of the author. It is the Swedish Academy that decides in which year to give this award.

The Academy announces the name of the selected winner in early October. It is one of the five Nobel Prizes that were established in 1895 in the will of Sir Alfred Nobel. Nobel Prizes are also given in the field of chemistry, in the field of physics, in the field of peace, and in the field of medicine and physiology. In the year 2020, New York-born writer Louise Gluck was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2020. She was given the award by The Royal Swedish Academy for her novel "her unmatched poetic voice that beautifully universalises individual existence".

List of Nobel Laureates in Literature:

The year Winner's name language/work Birth place/nation
2022 Annie Arnoux Annie Arnoux was awarded for "the courage and clinical acuity with which she exposes personal memory, systems and collective sanctions". French
2021 Abdul Razzaq Gurnah Abdulrajak Gurnah has been honored for his compassionate portrayal of the effects of colonialism and the condition of refugees in the gap between cultures and continents. Tanzania
2020 Lewis Gluck "Given for her unmatched poetic voice that beautifully universalises individual existence" New York
2019 Peter Handke Austrian novelist, playwright, translator, poet, film director etc. Griffen, Austria
2018 Olga Tokariuk For novel flights Poland, Central Europe
2017 Kazuo Ishiguro For the novel The Remains of the Day Japan
2016 Bob Dylan American songwriter America
2015 Svetlana Alexievich - Belarus
2014 Patrick Modiano - France
2013 Alice Monroe - Canada
2012 Mo Yan Novelist and short story writer China
2011 Tomas Transtromer Swedish language, poetry, memoir Stockholm
2010 Mario Vargas Liosa litterateur Peru
2009 Herta Mueller Poet and essayist Romania
2008 Jean Marie Gustave Leclezio French writer Originally from Mauritius, France
2007 Doris Lessing English British
2006 Orhan Pamuk - Stockholm
2005 Harald Pinter - Stockholm
2004 Elfride Yelinek - -
1999 Gunter Grass German writer German
1997 Dario Pho Primarily an artist Italy
1996 Wislava Simborska Polish language Kraków, Poland
1991 Nadine Gordimer - South Africa
1990 Octavio Paz - -
1987 Joseph Brodsky - -
1986 Wole Shoyinka Africa's first litterateur to be awarded the Nobel Prize Africa
1982 Gabriel García Márquez - Rome and Paris
1981 Elias Caneti German speaking England
1980 Cheswav Milosh Lithuanian language Poland
1978 Isaac Beshvis Singer Polish language Poland
1972 Henry Boll Spanish language Argentina
1971 Pablo Neruda Spanish poet Argentina
1970 Aleksandr Solshnitsyn Russian writer Soviet
1967 Miguel Angel Asturias Guatemalan poet and novelist Guatemala
1966 Nelly Saks - -
1965 Mikhail Sholokhov Honored as a Russian novelist Yhe Soviet Union
1964 Jean Paul Sartre French philosopher -
1963 Giorgus Sepharis Greek poet Born in smirna
1962 John Steinbeck American novelist America
1961 Ivo Andrich Yugoslav storyteller Born in Bosnia (Yugoslavia)
1960 Alexis St. Lager French poet Born in 'Léger Le Fule' Island (France)
1959 Salvatore Kazimodo Italian poet and critic Born in Modica, island of Sicily, (Italy)
1958 Boris Pasternak Russian poet and storyteller Russia
1957 Alber Camu - -
1956 Juan Ramón Jiménez Spanish poet Born in Portorico (USA)
1955 Haldor Kiljan Laxness Icelandic novelists Iceland
1954 Ernest Hemingway American storyteller Oak Park, Illinois, US
1953 Winston Churchill Awarded for Memoirs in 6 Volumes of World War II in English Britain
1952 François Mariac French novelist, poet and playwright Bordid, France
1951 Par Lagerquist Swedish novelist, poet and playwright Sweden
1950 Bertrand Russell British philosopher, mathematician and author Britain
1949 William Faulkner An American writer and poet America
1948 TS Eliot British poet-writer Born in america
1947 André Jide French novelist and essayist France
1946 Hermann Hess Storyteller and poet Europe
1945 Gabriela Mistral Chilean poetess; Awarded for Death Song Poetry -
1944 Johannes Jensen Danish novelist, poet, writer Denmark
1943 Awards not given - -
1942 Awards not given - -
1941 Awards not given - -
1940 Awards not given - -
1939 Emile Silampa Finland's only Nobel Laureate Novelist Finland
1938 Pearl S Buck American novelist Born West Virginia
1937 Rosé Martin du Gar Awarded for the French novel Le Thibalt France; Born in Neuilly-Sir-Seine
1936 Eugene O'Neill American playwright Born in new york
1935 Award not given - -
1934 Luizi Pirandello Italian storyteller and playwright Italy
1933 Ivan Bunin Russian poet and storyteller Aryol, Varonezh, Russia
1932 John Galzwardi British English novelist and playwright England
1931 Eric Axel Karlfelt Swedish poet Sweden
1930 Sinclair Lewis American English writers Born in Jacques Santer (Minnesota)
1929 Thomas Mann - -
1928 Seagrid Underset Norwegian novelist Norwegian; Born- in Kalendborg, Denmark
1927 Henri Bergsan French philosopher Born in France, Paris
1926 Grazia Deleda italian novelist Italy
1925 George Bernard Shaw English language playwright Born in Ireland, Dublin
1924 Vladislav Remont Polish novelist Poland
1923 William Butler Yeats Playwright and poet Ireland
1922 Jacinto Benavente Spanish playwright Spain
1921 Anatole France French storyteller France
1920 Nat Hamson Norwegian novelist and playwright Norwegian
1919 Karl Spiteler German speaking Switzerland
1918 Award not given - -
1917 Karl Adalf Gelerp + Heinrich Pontopidan Danish language storyteller and playwright/Danish storyteller Denmark
1916 Werner Heidenstamm Swedish poet Sweden
1915 Roman Rolland French language writer and playwright France
1914 Award not given - -
1913 Rabindranath Tagore Bangla language Calcutta, West Bengal, India
1912 Gerhart Hauptmann - Ukraine
1911 Maurice Matterlink Awarded as French Playwright Belgium
1910 Pal Heze German playwright and storyteller Ukraine
1909 Selma Lagerlöf Honored as a Swedish novelist Sweden
1908 Rudolph Christoph Euken Awarded for Philosophical Writing Ukraine
1907 Rudyard Kipling A British writer and poet -
1906 Giosue Carducci Italian language poet -
1905 Heinrich Sinkiewicz Polish -
1904 Frederic Mistral / Jose Ikegare French (Provence) poet--Spanish playwright France--Spain
1903 Byrnkhwerne Byrnsson Norwegian language Norwegian
1902 Mamson Matthias Theodore Awarded for writing the history of Rome German
1901 Sully Prudhomme First person to receive the prize in literature France
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