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Nobel Prize in Literature

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How is the Nobel Prize in Literature decided?

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The 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature

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The 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature: Announcement

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J. M. Coetzee, Literature Laureate 2003, remembers his parents in his speech

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Winners of 2018 & 2019 Nobel Literature prizes: Olga Tokarczuk, Peter Handke

The Nobel Prize in Literature is a Swedish literature prize that is awarded annually, since 1901, to an author from any country who has, in the words of the will of Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, produced "in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction". Though individual works are sometimes cited as being particularly noteworthy, the award is based on an author's body of work as a whole. The Swedish Academy decides who, if anyone, will receive the prize. The academy announces the name of the laureate in early October. It is one of the five Nobel Prizes established by the will of Alfred Nobel in 1895. On some occasions the award has been postponed to the following year. It was not awarded in 2018, but two names were awarded in 2019.
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