Six Quite Interesting Facts About The Nobel Prize For Literature →
#Six Quite Interesting Facts About The Nobel Prize For Literature
The 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature will be announced later today, 10 October 2013. The Nobel Prize in Literature has been Awarded to 109 Nobel Laureates since 1901
Alfred Nobel’s library consisted of a rich and broad selection of literature in different languages. During the last years of his life, he tried his hand as an author and began writing fiction.
Did You Know?
105 Nobel Prizes in Literature have been awarded from 1901 to 2012.
12 women have been awarded the Literature Prize so far.
4 Literature Prizes have been divided between two persons.
42 years was the age of the youngest Literature Laureate ever, Rudyard Kipling, best known for The Jungle Book.
88 years was the age of the oldest Literature Laureate ever, Doris Lessing, when she was awarded the Prize in 2007.
64 is the average age of the Nobel Laureates in Literature the year they were awarded the prize.
"The truth is, everyone likes to look down on someone. If your favourites are all avant-garde writers who throw in Sanskrit and German, you can look down on everyone. If your favourites are all Oprah Book Club books, you can at least look down on mystery readers. Mystery readers have sci-fi readers. Sci-fi can look down on fantasy. And yes, fantasy readers have their own snobbishness. I’ll bet this, though: in a hundred years, people will be writing a lot more dissertations on Harry Potter than on John Updike. Look, Charles Dickens wrote popular fiction. Shakespeare wrote popular fiction—until he wrote his sonnets, desperate to show the literati of his day that he was real artist. Edgar Allan Poe tied himself in knots because no one realized he was a genius. The core of the problem is how we want to define “literature”. The Latin root simply means “letters”. Those letters are either delivered—they connect with an audience—or they don’t. For some, that audience is a few thousand college professors and some critics. For others, its twenty million women desperate for romance in their lives. Those connections happen because the books successfully communicate something real about the human experience. Sure, there are trashy books that do really well, but that’s because there are trashy facets of humanity. What people value in their books—and thus what they count as literature—really tells you more about them than it does about the book."
"I am always coming up with architectural metaphors when I think about writing. But I think one of the things that draw us to literature is that it gives us this very attractive illusion that there is meaning in the world - things connect."
#Where Writers Write
Where Writers Write - Poet, Wendy Cope, Writes Here
Bloody Men by Wendy Cope
Bloody men are like bloody buses —
You wait for about a year
And as soon as one approaches your stop
Two or three others appear.
You look at them flashing their indicators,
Offering you a ride.
You’re trying to read the destinations,
You haven’t much time to decide.
If you make a mistake, there is no turning back.
Jump off, and you’ll stand there and gaze
While the cars and the taxis and lorries go by
And the minutes, the hours, the days
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"Think of what you skip reading a novel: thick paragraphs of prose you can see have too many words in them. What the writer is doing, he’s writing, perpetrating hooptedoodle, perhaps taking another shot at the weather, or has gone into the character’s head, and the reader either knows what the guy’s thinking or doesn’t care. I’ll bet you don’t skip dialogue."
"Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life."
"Literature doesn’t have a country. Shakespeare is an African writer…. The characters of Turgenev are ghetto dwellers. Dickens’ characters are Nigerians. …Literature may come from a specific place but it always lives in its own unique kingdom."
"All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town."
"All that I know about my life, it seems, I have learned in books."
"Silence, I discover, is something you can actually hear."
My Top 10 Bukowski Quotes
1. Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.
2. Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think, I’m not going to make it, but you laugh inside — remembering all the times you’ve felt that way.
3. there is a loneliness in this world so great
that you can see it in the slow movement of
the hands of a clock.
4. I remember awakening one morning and finding everything smeared with the colour of forgotten love.
5. An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.
6. those who escape hell
never talk about
and nothing much
7. The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.
8. Without literature, life is hell.
9. It’s better to do a dull thing with style than a dangerous thing without it.
10. If you are going to try, go all the way or don’t even start.