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Nobel Prizes in U.S. literature

Nobel Prizes in U.S. literature
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by Hemingway

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11 awards

In 1930, Sinclair Lewis

American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright: Babbitt, Gideon Planish, Dodsworth, Elmer Gantry…

“For his vigorous and graphic art of description and his ability to create, with wit and humour, new types of characters”.

In 1936, Eugene O’Neill (he received the prize one year later)

American playwright: Beyond the Horizon , The Iceman Cometh, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, and A Moon for the Misbegotten…

“For his vigorous and graphic art of description and his ability to create, with wit and humour, new types of characters”.

In 1938, Pearl Buck

American writer who lived in China: The Good Earth, China Sky, Peony, The Big Wave, Imperial Woman, Letter from Peking…

“For her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces”.

Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison

In 1949. William Faulkner (received in 1950)

He wrote novels, short stories, a play, poetry, essays and screenplays during his career. He is primarily known and acclaimed for his novels and short stories, many of which are set in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County: The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, Light in August, Absalom, Absalom!…

“For his powerful and artistically unique contribution to the modern American novel”.

In 1954, Ernest Hemingway

American author and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public image influenced later generations.

“For his mastery of the art of narrative, most recently demonstrated in The Old Man and the Sea, and for the influence that he has exerted on contemporary style”.

In 1962, John Steinbeck

He is widely known for the novel The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden and the novella Of Mice and Men. He was an author of twenty-seven books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books and five collections of short stories.

“For his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception”.

The Good Earth by Pearl S Buck

The Good Earth by Pearl S Buck

In 1976, Saul Bellow

He was a Canadian-born American writer. His best-known works include The Adventures of Augie March, Henderson the Rain King,Herzog, Mr. Sammler’s Planet, Seize the Day, Humboldt’s Gift and Ravelstein.

“For the human understanding and subtle analysis of contemporary culture that are combined in his work”.

In 1978, Isaac Bashevis Singer

He was a Polish-born, Jewish-American author. He was a leading figure in theYiddish literary movement: A Day Of Pleasure: Stories of a Boy Growing Up in Warsaw, A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories…

“For his impassioned narrative art which, with roots in a Polish-Jewish cultural tradition, brings universal human conditions to life”.

In 1980, Czeslaw Milosz

He was a Polish poet, prose writer and translator of Lithuanian origin. His World War II-era sequence The World is a collection of 20 “naive” poems. After serving as a Communist cultural attache for the People’s Republic of Poland, he defected to the West in 1951: The Captive Mind (1953) is a classic book of anti-Stalinism. Miłosz later became an American citizen.

“Who with uncompromising clear-sightedness voices man’s exposed condition in a world of severe conflicts”.

In 1987, Joseph Brodsky

He was a Russian and American poet and essayist.

“For an all-embracing authorship, imbued with clarity of thought and poetic intensity”.

In 1993, Toni Morrison

American novelis womant, editor, and professor. Among her best known novels are The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon and Beloved.

“Who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality”.

William Faulkner Nobel Prize speech

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