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Alice Munro

2013 Nobel Prize in Literature

Alice Munro is known as a highly acclaimed short story writer but we also love that she started out running a bookstore in her hometown of Wingham, Ontario. Her latest short story collection, Dear Life: Stories ruminates on moments that shape our lives — from a dream that shakes you to simple twists of fate that change your path in life. Set in small town Canada, each of these three stories show how ordinary and extraordinary life can be.

The Nobel Prize in Literature is presented annually to recognize outstanding achievement for a body of work. In keeping with Alfred Nobel's will, authors of all nationalities are eligible for the award.

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Nobel Prize for Literature

2013

Alice Munro  (Canada)

2012

Mo Yan (China)

2011

Tomas Transtromer  (Sweden)

2010

Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru)

2009

Herta Muller (Germany)

2008

Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio (France and Mauritius)

2007

Doris Lessing (Great Britain)

2006

Orhan Pamuk (Turkey)

2005

Harold Pinter (United Kingdom)

2004

Elfriede Jelinek (Austria)

2003

J.M. Coetzee (South Africa)

2002

Imre Kertesz (Hungary)

2001

V. S. Naipaul (Great Britain)

2000

Gao Xingjian (China)

1999

Gunter Grass (Germany)

1998

José Saramago (Portugal)

1997

Dario Fo (Italy)

1996

Wislawa Szymborska (Poland)

1995

Seamus Heaney (Ireland)

1994

Kenzaburo Oe (Japan)

1993

Toni Morrison (U.S.A.)

1992

Derek Walcott (St. Lucia)

1991

Nadine Gordimer (South Africa)

1990

Octavio Paz (Mexico)

1989

Dr. Camilo José Cela (Spain)

1988

Naguib Mahfouz (Egypt)

1987

Joseph Brodsky (U.S.A.)

1986

Wole Soyinka (Nigeria)

1985

Claude Simon (France)

1984

Jaroslav Seifert (Czechoslovakia)

1983

William Golding (United Kingdom)

1982

Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia)

1981

Elias Canetti (United Kingdom)

1980

Czeslaw Milosz ( Poland/U.S.A.)

1979

Odysseus Elytis (Greece)

1978

Isaac Bashevis Singer (U.S.A.)

1977

Vicente Aleixandre (Spain)

1976

Saul Bellow ( U.S.A.)

1975

Eugenio Montale (Italy)

1974

Eyvind Johnson (Sweden)

Harry Martinson (Sweden)

1973

Patrick White (Australia)

1972

Heinrich Böll (Germany)

1971

Pablo Neruda (Chile)

1970

Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn (U.S.S.R.)

1969

Samuel Beckett (Ireland)

1968

Yasunari Kawabata (Japan)

1967

Miguel A. Asturias (Guatemala)

1966

Shmuel Y. Agnon (Israel)

Nelly Sachs (Germany)

1965

Mikhail Sholokhov ( U.S.S.R.)

1964

Jean-Paul Sartre (France - declined)

1963

Giorgos Seferis (Greece)

1962

John Steinbeck ( U.S.A.)

1961

Ivo Andric (Yugoslavia)

1960

Saint-John Perse (France)

1959

Salvatore Quasimodo (Italy)

1958

Boris Pasternak (U.S.S.R.)

1957

Albert Camus (France)

1956

J.R. Jiménez (Spain)

1955

Halldór Kiljan Laxness (Iceland)

1954

Ernest Hemingway (U.S.A.)

1953

Winston Churchill (United Kingdom)

1952

François Mauriac (France)

1951

Pär Lagerkvist (Sweden)

1950

Bertrand Russell (United Kingdom)

1949

William Faulkner (U.S.A.)

1948

T. S. Eliot (United Kingdom)

1947

André Gide (France)

1946

Hermann Hesse (Switzerland)

1945

Gabriela Mistral (Chile)

1944

Johannes V. Jensen (Denmark)

1943

No Award

1942

No Award

1941

No Award

1940

No Award

1939

F.E. Sillanpää (Finland)

1938

Pearl S. Buck (U.S.A.)

1937

Roger Martin du Gard (France)

1936

Eugene O'Neill (U.S.A.)

1935

No Award

1934

Luigi Pirandello (Italy)

1933

Ivan Bunin (U.S.S.R.)

1932

John Galsworthy (United Kingdom)

1931

Erik Axel Karlfeldt (Sweden)

1930

Sinclair Lewis (U.S.A.)

1929

Thomas Mann (Germany)

1928

Sigrid Undset (Norway)

1927

Henri Bergson (France)

1926

Grazia Deledda (Italy)

1925

George Bernard Shaw (United Kingdom)

1924

Wladyslaw Reymont (Poland)

1923

William Butler Yeats (Ireland)

1922

Jacinto Benavente (Spain)

1921

Anatole France (France)

1920

Knut Hamsun (Norway)

1919

Carl Spitteler (Switzerland)

1918

No Award

1917

Karl Gjellerup (Denmark)

Henrik Pontoppidan (Denmark)

1916

Verner von Heidenstam (Sweden)

1915

Romain Rolland (France)

1914

No Award

1913

Rabindranath Tagore (India)

1912

Gerhart Hauptmann (Germany)

1911

Maurice Maeterlinck (Belgium)

1910

Paul von Heyse (Germany)

1909

Selma Lagerlöf (Sweden)

1908

Rudolf Eucken (Germany)

1907

Rudyard Kipling (United Kingdom)

1906

Giosue Carducci (Italy)

1905

Henryk Sienkiewicz (Poland)

1904

José Echegaray (Spain)

Frédéric Mistral (France)

1903

Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson (Norway)

1902

Theodor Mommsen (Germany)

1901

René François Armand (France)

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