Politics of the Nobel Prize in Literature: How the Laureates Were Selected, 1901-2007

Author: Wires, Richard
Year:2008
Pages:288
ISBN:0-7734-4957-4
978-0-7734-4957-2
Price:199.95
This work examines the influence of politics, on the selection of Nobel laureates,in many different forms, not only disagreements over the nature of literature, its aims, and prize criteria, but also the role of national, regional, and international concerns and interests, the dynamics of interpersonal relationships in a proudly independent ever-changing institution, and the impact of rivalries and balances among linguistic, cultural, and ideological groups.

Reviews

“A sound and balanced study of the too often Byzantine selection processes of the Nobel literature prize committee.” – Prof. R.E. Lucas-Evans, Ball State University

Table of Contents

Preface
Foreword by Count Tolstoy
1. Issues and questions
2. Nobel and the Prizes
3. The Literature Prize
4. An Undistinguished Start (1901-1911)
5. The Test of War (1912-1920)
6. Reinterpreting Idealism (1921-1929)
7. Dissension and Dictators (1930-1944)
8. Modern Masters (1945-1957)
9. Pendulum Politics (1958-1970)
10. The Pragmatic Thrust (1971-1981)
11. Diversity and Difficulties (1982-1994)
12. Recent Winners (Since 1995)
13. Weighing the Record
Appendices
Bibliography
Index