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2008-10-03 09:00:09

By Deseret News editorial Alfred Nobel -- father of the Nobel Prize in literature -- invented dynamite. And this past week, the top member of the jury in that competition lit a few fuses and set off some charges. Horace Engdahl said American writers are "too sensitive to trends in their own mass culture" and that drags down the quality of their writing. He added that the "ignorance" of American writers is "restraining." Needless to say, American writers and academics responded with...

2008-10-01 21:00:06

By Malin Rising; Hillel Italie STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Bad news for American writers hoping for a Nobel Prize next week: the top member of the award jury believes the United States is too insular and ignorant to compete with Europe when it comes to great writing. Counters the head of the U.S. National Book Foundation: "Put him in touch with me, and I'll send him a reading list." As the Swedish Academy enters final deliberations for this year's award, permanent secretary Horace Engdahl said...

2008-10-01 09:00:12

By Associated Press STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Bad news for American writers hoping for a Nobel Prize next week: The top member of the award jury believes the United States is too insular and ignorant to compete with Europe when it comes to great writing. Counters the head of the U.S. National Book Foundation: "Put him in touch with me and I'll send him a reading list." As the Swedish Academy enters final deliberations for this year's award, permanent secretary Horace Engdahl said it's no...

2005-10-11 05:28:05

By Stephen Brown STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The Swedish Academy will announce this year's winner of the Nobel literature prize on Thursday, amid a scuffle among its scholars over last year's selection of Austrian author Elfriede Jelinek. As the Academy gave the date on which it would announce the 2005 winner, Academician Knut Ahnlund gave notice he was quitting in disgust at the 2004 laureate, whose writing he called "whinging, unenjoyable, violent pornography." In a signed newspaper...

2005-10-06 10:40:42

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The Swedish Academy which awards the Nobel Literature Prize is likely to name the 2005 winner next Thursday. The Academy traditionally announces the winner of the 10 million crown ($1.29 million) prize on one of the first two Thursdays of October, but only confirms the date of the announcement two days in advance. There was no advance notice this week, meaning it is almost certain to announce next Tuesday that the latest laureate will be named two days later....

2005-09-29 05:56:58

By Stephen Brown STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Bookworms will once again smile over their reading glasses or snort with contempt at next week's Nobel literature award winner. Second-guessing the choice of the Swedish Academy, seen variously as standard-bearers for quality or a bunch of snobs, is difficult. The shortlist for the 10 million crown prize is a jealously guarded secret. "The Nobel committee has been very good at coming up with names that were not expected. They will surprise us...