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Too Early for Pointless Nobel Predictions?

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Jonathan Taylor writes:

My normally flatline sense of anticipation the Nobel Prize for Literature is a bit aroused this year, since I'm grateful, as an admittedly insular American, to have been introduced to J.M.G. Le Clézio last year.

The Nobel Committee has set dates for the announcement of the other prizes, beginning October 5. "According to tradition, the Swedish Academy will set the date for its announcement of the Nobel Prize in Literature later." (It's typically a Thursday.)

Anybody have an interesting line on this year's possibilities? Or, better yet, flights of fancy on the glorious impossibilities?


Well, a Canadian has never won it. I would say there are two in the running: Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro. Either would be deserving. Of course, “deserving” isn’t the only criterion, obviously, or John Updike would’ve been awarded the prize years ago. What an injustice that he didn’t receive it! An American who might have an outside chance because of her First Nations heritage is Louise Erdrich.

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