Tuesday, March 31, 2009

List: Nobel Laureates

The Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded 107 times to 111 Nobel Laureates between 1901 and 2015. I have a goal of reading at least one book by every recipient of the Prize.

If anyone reading this has a similar goal and would like me to link their progress reports to this post, I am happy to do so. Leave a comment with your link and I will add it. There is a group blog called Read the Nobels where people more actively pursuing this project post reviews and record their progress.

Here is the list of Nobel Laureates, starting with the most recent. If I have read any of the author's books, I listed the titles in red after the name; if I have books on my TBR shelf, they are listed in blue. I plan to eventually read something by everyone of these people, even if I have nothing on my TBR shelf right now. Although some may be hard to find as I look at names that ring no bells for me.

Kazuo Ishiguro

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Svetlana Alexievich
Patrick Modiano

Alice Munro
Mo Yan
Tomas Tranströmer
Mario Vargas Llosa
Herta Müller
Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio
Doris Lessing
Orhan Pamuk
Harold Pinter
Elfriede Jelinek
J. M. Coetzee
Imre Kertész
V.S. Naipaul
Gao Xingjian
Günter Grass
José Saramago
Dario Fo
Wislawa Szymborska
Seamus Heaney
Kenzaburo Oe
Toni Morrison
Derek Walcott
Nadine Gordimer
Octavio Paz
Camilo José Cela
Naguib Mahfouz
Joseph Brodsky
Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka
Claude Simon
Jaroslav Seifert
William Golding
Gabriel García Márquez
Elias Canetti
Czesław Miłosz
Odysseas Elytis
Isaac Singer
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Vicente Aleixandre
Saul Bellow
Eugenio Montale
Harry Martinson
Eyvind Johnson
Patrick White
Heinrich Böll
Pablo Neruda
Alexsandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
Samuel Beckett
Yasunari Kawabata
Miguel Ángel Asturias
Nelly Sachs
Shmuel Agnon
Michail Sholokhov
Jean-Paul Sartre
Giorgos Seferis
John Steinbeck
Ivo Andric
Saint-John Perse
Salvatore Quasimodo
Boris Pasternak
Albert Camus
Juan Ramón Jiménez
Halldór Laxness
Ernest Hemingway
Winston Churchill
François Mauriac

Pär Lagerkvist
Bertrand Russell
William Faulkner
T. S. Eliot*
André Gide
Hermann Hesse
Gabriela Mistral
Johannes Vilhelm Jensen
Frans Eemil Sillanpää
Pearl S. Buck
Roger Martin du Gard
Eugene O'Neill
Luigi Pirandello
Ivan Alekseyevich Bunin
John Galsworthy
Erik Axel Karlfeldt
Sinclair Lewis
Thomas Mann
Sigrid Undset
Henri Bergson
Grazia Deledda
George Bernard Shaw
Władysław Reymont
William Butler Yeats*
Jacinto Benavente
Anatole France
Knut Hamsun
Carl Spitteler
Henrik Pontoppidan
Karl Adolph Gjellerup
Verner von Heidenstam
Romain Rolland
Rabindranath Tagore
Gerhart Hauptmann
Maurice Maeterlinck
Paul Heyse
Selma Lagerlöf
Rudolf Christoph Eucken
Rudyard Kipling
Giosuè Carducci
Henryk Sienkiewicz
José Echegaray y Eizaguirre
Frédéric Mistral
Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
Theodor Mommsen
Sully Prudhomme


Updated on January 21, 2018.


Read the Nobels (group blog)
Rebecca Reads

If you would like to be listed here, please leave a comment with links to your progress reports or reviews and I will add them here.


  1. The Nobel list says a lot about the fleeting nature of fame, doesn't it? A Nobel Prize doesn't guarantee you'll still be read 100 years later.

    I'll follow the project with interest - what is Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson like?

  2. Ha!

    I'll let you know -- as soon as I discovery the forgotten talents of José Echegaray y Eizaguirre.

  3. No, no, don't read Saramago's Journey to Portugal, you'll get lost in dense tracts about Portuguese history, art and architecture, and you'll hate him and you'll never want to read him again! I'm Portuguese, I know exactly what the man is talking about, I've visited every little village and church he describes, and I can say it's a dull book. Trust me.

    You have to start with his fiction. Blindness, Seeing, All the Names, The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis, The Gospel According to Jesus Christ. These are all great novels, you'll love them and you'll want to read more.

  4. I have read a lot of Nobel Prize winners and will take this idea to make my list. Right now, I just tag the books I read with "Nobel Prize" but would love to follow your inspiration and put them in a blog. Most of these novels I read have been fantastic.


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