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The Nobel Prize for Literature

The Swedish Academy is responsible for choosing the Nobel Laureates in Literature.

obverse of the Nobel Prize for Literature

The medal represents a young man sitting under a laurel tree who, enchanted, listens to and writes down the song of the Muse. The inscription reads Inventas vitam juvat excolouisse per artes, which translates to "Inventions enhance life which is beautified through art. The medal was designed by Erik Lindberg.

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1901 Sully Prudhomme
1902 Theodor Mommsen
1903 Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
1904 Frédéric Mistral, José Echegaray
1905 Henryk Sienkiewicz
1906 Giosuè Carducci
1907 Rudyard Kipling
1908 Rudolf Eucken
1909 Selma Legerlöf
1910 Paul Heyse

1911 Maurice Maeterlinck
1912 Gerhart Hauptmann
1913 Rabindranath Tagore
1914 no award given
1915
Romain Rolland
1916
Verner von Heidenstam
1919 Karl Gjellerup, Henrik Pontoppidan
1918 no award given
1919 Carl Spitteler
1920 Knut Hamsun

1921 Anatole France
1922 Jacinto Benavente
1923 William Butler Yeats
1924
Wladyslaw Reymont
1925 George Bernard Shaw
1926 Grazia Deledda
1927 Henri Bergson
1928 Sigrid Undset
1929 Thomas Mann
1930 Sinclair Lewis

1931 Erik Axel Karlfeldt
1932 John Galsworthy
1933 Ivan Bunin
1934 Luigi Pirandello
1935 no award given
1936 Eugene O'Neill
1937 Roger Martin du Gard
1938 Pearl Buck
1939 Frans Eemil Sillanpää
1940
no award given

1941 no award given
1942
no award given
1943
no award given
1944
Johannes V. Jensen
1945 Gabriela Mistral
1946 Hermann Hesse
1947 André Gide
1948 T.S. Eliot
1949 William Faulkner
1950 Bertrand Russell

1951 Pär Lagerkvist
1952 François Mauriac
1953 Winston Churchill
1954 Ernest Hemingway
1955 Halldór Laxness
1956
Juan Ramón Jiménez
1957 Albert Camus
1958 Boris Pasternak
1959 Salvatore Quasimodo
1960 Saint-John Perse

1961 Ivo Andric
1962 John Steinbeck
1963 Giorgos Seferis
1964 Jean-Paul Sartre
1965 Mikhail Sholokhov
1966 Shmuel Agnon, Nelly Sachs
1967
Miguel Angel Asturias
1968 Yasunari Kawabata
1969 Samuel Beckett
1970 Alexandr Solzhenitsyn

1971 Pablo Neruda
1972 Heinrich Böll
1973 Patrick White
1974 Eyvind Johnson, Harry Martinson
1975 Eugenio Montale
1976 Saul Bellow
1977 Vicente Aleixandre
1978 Isaac Bashevis Singer
1979 Odysseus Elytis
1980 Czeslaw Milosz

1981 Elias Canetti
1982
Gabriel García Márquez
1983
William Golding
1984
Jaroslav Seifert
1985
Claude Simon
1986
Wole Soyinka
1987
Joseph Brodsky
1988
Naguib Mahfouz
1989
Camilo José Cela
1990
Octavio Paz

1991 Nadine Gordimer
1992
Derek Walcott
1993
Toni Morrison
1994
Kenzaburo Oe
1995
Seamus Heaney
1996
Wislawa Szymborska
1997
Dario Fo
1998
José Saramago
1999
Günter Grass
2000
Gao Xingjian

2001 V.S. Naipaul
2002
Imre Kertész
2003
J.M. Coetzee
2004
Elfriede Jelinek
2005
Harold Pinter
2006
Orhan Pamuk
2007
Doris Lessing
2008 Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio
2009 Herta Müller
2010 Mario Vargas Llosa

2011 Tomas Tranströmer
2012
Mo Yan
2013
Alice Munro
2014
Patrick Modiano
2015 Svetlana Alexievich
2016
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