Book Culture Book Trivia #1: Unsuccesful Nominations for the Nobel Prize in Literature
The nominations database for the Nobel prize in literature is only available publicly for records more than 50 years old. From 1901 to 1964, these authors were nominated (some many times!) but were never awarded the Nobel prize.
Andre Breton - Nominated twice
Thomas Hardy - Nominated twelve times
Lost to Paul Johann Ludwig Heyse, Count Maurice (Mooris) Polidore Marie Bernhard Maeterlinck, Gerhart Johann Robert Hauptmann, Rabindranath Tagore, Knut Pedersen Hamsun, Jacinto Benavente,William Butler Yeats, Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont, George Bernard Shaw, Grazia Deledda & Henri Bergson. There was no prize awarded in 1914.
Andre Malraux - Nominated fifteen times
Lost to André Paul Guillaume Gide, Thomas Stearns Eliot, William Faulkner, François Mauriac, Ernest Miller Hemingway, Halldór Kiljan Laxness, Juan Ramón Jiménez, Albert Camus, Boris Leonidovich Pasternak, Salvatore Quasimodo, Saint-John Perse, Ivo Andric, John Steinbeck, Giorgos Seferis & Jean-Paul Sartre.
Vladimir Nabokov - Nominated twice
Ezra Pound - Nominated seven times
Leo Tolstoy - Nominated five times
Edith Wharton - Nominated three times
Tennessee Williams - Nominated once
Lost to Boris Leonidovich Pasternak.
Emile Zola - Nominated twice
Out of interest…
Albert Camus finally won in 1957 after previously being nominated in 1949, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1955 & 1956.
John Steinbeck finally won in 1962 after previously being nominated in 1943, 1944, 1945, 1949, 1958, 1959, 1960 & 1961.
William Yeats finally won in 1923 after being nominated in 1902, 1914, 1915, 1918, 1921, 1922, 1923.
Out of the 111 winners of the prize, only 13 women have won.
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