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Nobel Prize for Literature Winners

A list of the Nobel Prize for Literature winners.
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The Nobel Prize for Literature, one of the six international awards administered by the Nobel Foundation, honors outstanding achievement in letters. The estate of Alfred Bernhard Nobel (1833–1896), the Swedish inventor of dynamite, funds the awards.

For years not listed, no award was made.


1901
Rene F. A. Sully Prudhomme (France)
1902
Theodor Mommsen (Germany)
1903
Bjornstjerne Bjornson (Norway)
1904
Frederic Mistral (France) and Jose Echegaray (Spain)
1905
Henryk Sienkiewicz (Poland)
1906
Giosue Carducci (Italy)
1907
Rudyard Kipling (U.K.)
1908
Rudolf Eucken (Germany)
1909
Selma Lagerlof (Sweden)
1910
Paul von Heyse (Germany)
1911
Maurice Maeterlinck (Belgium)
1912
Gerhart Hauptmann (Germany)
1913
Rabindranath Tagore (India)
1915
Romain Rolland (France)
1916
Verner von Heidenstam (Sweden)
1917
Karl Gjellerup (Denmark) and Henrik Pontoppidan (Denmark)
1919
Carl Spitteler (Switzerland)
1920
Knut Hamsun (Norway)
1921
Anatole France (France)
1922
Jacinto Benavente (Spain)
1923
William B. Yeats (Ireland)
1924
Wladyslaw Reymont (Poland)
1925
George Bernard Shaw (Ireland)
1926
Grazia Deledda (Italy)
1927
Henri Bergson (France)
1928
Sigrid Undset (Norway)
1929
Thomas Mann (Germany)
1930
Sinclair Lewis (U.S.)
1931
Erik A. Karlfeldt (Sweden)
1932
John Galsworthy (U.K.)
1933
Ivan G. Bunin (Russia)
1934
Luigi Pirandello (Italy)
1936
Eugene O'Neill (U.S.)
1937
Roger Martin du Gard (France)
1938
Pearl S. Buck (U.S.)
1939
Frans Eemil Sillanpaa ( Finland)
1944
Johannes V. Jensen (Denmark)
1945
Gabriela Mistral (Chile)
1946
Hermann Hesse (Switzerland)
1947
Andre Gide (France)
1948
Thomas Stearns Eliot (U.K.)
1949
William Faulkner (U.S.)
1950
Bertrand Russell (U.K.)
1951
Par Lagerkvist (Sweden)
1952
Francois Mauriac (France)
1953
Sir Winston Churchill (U.K.)
1954
Ernest Hemingway (U.S.)
1955
Halldor Kiljan Laxness (Iceland)
1956
Juan Ramon Jimenez (Spain)
1957
Albert Camus (France)
1958
Boris Pasternak (U.S.S.R.) (declined)
1959
Salvatore Quasimodo (Italy)
1960
St. John Perse (Alexis St.-Leger Leger) (France)
1961
Ivo Andric (Yugoslavia)
1962
John Steinbeck (U.S.)
1963
Giorgios Seferis (Seferiades) (Greece)
1964
Jean-Paul Sartre (France) (declined)
1965
Mikhail Sholokhov (U.S.S.R.)
1966
Shmuel Yosef Agnon (Israel) and Nelly Sachs (Sweden)
1967
Miguel Angel Asturias (Guatemala)
1968
Yasunari Kawabata (Japan)
1969
Samuel Beckett (Ireland)
1970
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (U.S.S.R.)
1971
Pablo Neruda (Chile)
1972
Heinrich Boll (Germany)
1973
Patrick White (Australia)
1974
Eyvind Johnson and Harry Martinson (both Sweden)
1975
Eugenio Montale (Italy)
1976
Saul Bellow (U.S.)
1977
Vicente Aleixandre (Spain)
1978
Isaac Bashevis Singer (U.S.)
1979
Odysseus Elytis (Greece)
1980
Czeslaw Milosz (U.S.)
1981
Elias Canetti (Bulgaria)
1982
Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Colombia)
1983
William Golding (U.K.)
1984
Jaroslav Seifert (Czechoslovakia)
1985
Claude Simon (France)
1986
Wole Soyinka (Nigeria)
1987
Joseph Brodsky (U.S.)
1988
Naguib Mahfouz (Egypt)
1989
Camilo Jose Cela (Spain)
1990
Octavio Paz (Mexico)
1991
Nadine Gordimer (South Africa)
1992
Derek Walcott (Trinidad)
1993
Toni Morrison (U.S.)
1994
Kenzaburo Oe (Japan)
1995
Seamus Heaney (Ireland)
1996
Wislawa Szymborska (Poland)
1997
Dario Fo (Italy)
1998
Jose Saramago (Portugal)
1999
Gunter Grass (Germany)
2000
Gao Xingjian (France)
2001
V.S. Naipaul (United Kingdom)
2002
Imre Kertesz (Hungary)
2003
J.M. Coetzee (South Africa)
2004
Elfriede Jelinek (Austria)
2005
Harold Pinter (United Kingdom)
2006
Orhan Pamuk (Turkey)
2007
Doris Lessing (United Kingdom)
2008
J. M. G. Le Clézio (France)
2009
Herta Müller (Germany)
2010
Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru)
2011
Tomas Tranströmer (Sweden)
2012
Mo Yan (China)
2013
Alice Munro (Canada)
2014
Patrick Modiano (France)
2015
Svetlana Alexievich (Belarus)


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