Thursday, October 4, 2018

Old Books by (Mostly) Dead Nobel Laureates 2018

Congratulations to Nobody!
In case you haven’t heard, the Swedish Academy decided earlier this year that they would not be awarding a Nobel Prize for literature in 2018. While in the past the literature prize has been cancelled due to war or to a lack of deserving nominees, this year’s cancelation is in response to allegations of sexual misconduct, misuse of Academy funds, and the premature leaking of past winners’ names by the husband of a member of the prize jury. Here at Old Books by Dead Guys, however, we’re going to celebrate the Nobel as we usually do by bringing attention to the works of Nobel laureates of the past.

Each year Old Books by Dead Guys presents the cumulative list of works by Nobel laureates that have been reviewed at this blog. This year, to facilitate browsing for those hunting down a Nobel-caliber read, OBDG’s ratings are clearly marked beside each title to more easily separate the wheat from the chaff. Making their first appearance on the list this year are India’s Rabindranath Tagore, Frances’s Romain Rolland, Sweden’s Verner von Heidenstam, Switzerland’s Carl Spitteler, France’s (and Russia’s) Ivan Bunin, America’s John Steinbeck, and—still alive and kickin’—China’s Mo Yan. Plus, more new works by the likes of Knut Hamsun, Pearl S. Buck, Eugene O’Neill, and more! Check out the authors below and click on the titles to read the complete reviews.

Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson (1903 Nobel) Norway 🇳🇴

Henryk Sienkiewicz (1905 Nobel) Poland 🇵🇱

Rudyard Kipling (1907 Nobel) United Kingdom (born in India) 🇬🇧

Selma Lagerlöf (1909 Nobel) Sweden 🇸🇪

Paul von Heyse (1910 Nobel) Germany 🇩🇪

Maurice Maeterlinck (1911 Nobel) Belgium 🇧🇪

Gerhart Hauptmann (1912 Nobel) Germany 🇩🇪

Rabindranath Tagore (1913 Nobel) India 🇮🇳

Romain Rolland (1915 Nobel) France 🇫🇷

Verner von Heidenstam (1916 Nobel) Sweden 🇸🇪

Henrik Pontoppidan (1917 Nobel) Denmark 🇩🇰

Carl Spitteler (1919 Nobel) Switzerland 🇨🇭

Knut Hamsun (1920 Nobel) Norway 🇳🇴

Anatole France (1921 Nobel) France 🇫🇷

Wladyslaw Reymont (1924 Nobel) Poland 🇵🇱

George Benard Shaw (1925 Nobel) Ireland 🇮🇪

Sinclair Lewis (1930 Nobel) United States of America 🇺🇸

Ivan Bunin (1933 Nobel) France (born in Russia) 🇫🇷 🇷🇺

Eugene O’Neill (1936 Nobel) United States of America 🇺🇸

Pearl S. Buck (1938 Nobel) United States of America (raised in China) 🇺🇸

Hermann Hesse (1946 Nobel) Switzerland (born in Germany) 🇨🇭 🇩🇪

Bertrand Russell (1950 Nobel) United Kingdom 🇬🇧

Pär Lagerkvist (1951 Nobel) Sweden 🇸🇪

Ernest Hemingway (1954 Nobel) United States of America 🇺🇸

Halldór Laxness (1955 Nobel) Iceland 🇮🇸

Borris Pasternak (1958 Nobel) Russia (Soviet Union) 🇷🇺

John Steinbeck (1962 Nobel) United States of America 🇺🇸

Mo Yan (2012 Nobel) China 🇨🇳

Bob Dylan (2016 Nobel) United States of America 🇺🇸

Bonus: Albert Einstein (1921 Nobel in Physics) Germany/Switzerland 🇩🇪 🇨🇭

See you next year! In the meantime, get your Nobel on!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the wonderful work you do on this blog. It really is the most comprehensive collection I have come across and with a great narrative withing the review. Kudos!