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1907-12-10 Ruyard kipling receives Nobel prize for literature

  • 1922-06-27 Newberry Medal 1st presented for kids literature (Hendrik Van Loon)
  • 1930-11-05 Nobel for literature awarded to Sinclair Lewis for "Babbitt"
  • 1936-11-12 Nobel for literature awarded to Eugene O'Neill
  • 1938-11-10 Nobel for literature awarded to Pearl Buck (Good Earth)
  • 1947-05-23 PC Hooft prize forms for literature

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1948-11-04 American-born British poet T. S. Eliot wins Nobel Prize for literature

Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate T. S. Eliot
Poet, Author and Nobel Laureate
T. S. Eliot

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1950-11-10 Nobel for literature awarded to William Faulkner

Author and Nobel Laureate William Faulkner
Author and Nobel Laureate
William Faulkner
  • 1953-02-19 Georgia approves US 1st literature censorship board

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1954-10-28 Nobel Prize for Literature is awarded to Ernest Hemingway

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1957-10-17 French author Albert Camus awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

Author Albert Camus
Author
Albert Camus

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1958-10-23 Soviet novelist Boris Pasternak, wins Nobel Prize for Literature

Novelist & Poet Boris Pasternak
Novelist & Poet
Boris Pasternak

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1962-10-25 American author John Steinbeck awarded Nobel Prize for Literature

  • 1966-12-10 Israeli Shmuel Yosef Agnon wins Nobel Prize for literature
  • 1970-10-08 Soviet author Alexander Isayevich Solzhenitsyn wins Nobel Prize for Literature

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1971-10-21 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Pablo Neruda

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1976-10-21 Nobel prize for literature awarded to American Saul Bellow

Novelist Saul Bellow
Novelist
Saul Bellow
  • 1978-10-05 Isaac Bashevis Singer wins Nobel Prize for literature
  • 1980-10-09 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Czeslaw Milosz
  • 1985-10-17 French author Claude Simon wins the Nobel Prize for Literature
  • 1987-10-22 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Joseph Brodsky
  • 1988-10-13 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Naguib Mahfouz
  • 1988-10-14 Naguib Mahfouz is 1st Arabic writer to win Nobel literature prize
  • 1990-10-11 Octavio Paz wins Nobel Prize for literature
  • 1992-10-08 Nobel Prize for literature is given to West Indies poet Derek Walcott
  • 1993-10-07 Nobel prize for literature awarded to American Toni Morrison
  • 1994-10-13 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Kenzaburo Oe
  • 1997-10-09 Nobel prize for literature awarded to Italian Dario Fo

Famous Birthdays

  • 1644-07-12 Arnold Moonen, Dutch vicar/literature (David's holy saint graduals)
  • 1684-12-03 Ludvig Baron Holberg, founder (Danish & Norwegian literature)
  • 1756-09-07 Willem Bilderdijk, Dutch poet/literature (Disease of Scientists)
  • 1807-04-01 Fredrik Cygnaeus, Finnish poet/literature critic
  • 1807-05-24 Cornelis E van Koetsveld, vicar/literature
  • 1813-06-18 Pavel Annenkov, Rus literature historian (Zametsjatelnoje desjatileti)
  • 1841-04-26 Wilhelm Scherer, German literature historian
  • 1853-12-06 Haraprasad Shastri, Indian academic, Sanskrit scholar, archivist and historian of Bengali literature (d. 1931)
  • 1855-10-12 August Sauer, Austria literature historian (Euphorion)
  • 1855-10-16 Camille Looten, Belgian priest/literature historian
  • 1859-01-13 Karl Bleibtreu, German author (Revolution of Literature)
  • 1865-05-15 Albert Verwey, Dutch poet/literature historian (Motion)
  • 1871-06-17 Nicolae Iorga, writer/poet/literature historian/President of Romania
  • 1873-05-21 Emil Ermatinger, Switz, literature historian
  • 1875-12-12 Desiderius A Stracke, Flemish jesuit/literature historian
  • 1878-08-30 Paul Hazard, French literature historian
  • 1885-07-20 Gustave Charlier, Belgian literature historian/critic
  • 1886-04-14 Ernst R Curtius, German literature historian
  • 1887-10-04 Francis Bull, Norway, writer (Norsk literature historian)
  • 1892-07-15 Walter Benjamin, German literature critic/writer
  • 1897-04-20 Bernard Verhoeven, poet/literature (About the Laugh)
  • 1899-06-14 Kawabata Yasunari, Zen writer (Nobel Literature 1968)
  • 1899-06-19 George Calinescu, Romania, literature (Enigma Otilei)
  • 1900-04-26 James Sutherland, English literature scholar/actor (Rob Roy 1953)
  • 1900-11-30 Korneel Goossens, Flemish literature/art historian
  • 1902-01-25 Gerard P M Knuvelder, Dutch literature historian (Vocation, Kitty)
  • 1906-10-02 John Humphreys Whitfield, scholar of Italian language & literature
  • 1909-01-02 Rene Etiemble, French literature historian (Parlez-vous Franglais)
  • 1909-04-16 Herman Uyttersprot, Flemish literature historian
  • 1909-09-16 [Hans JM] Fernand Lodewick, literature historian
  • 1915-06-05 Alfred Kazin, US writer/literature critic (Inmost Leaf)
  • 1915-12-26 Hans [Henri A] Gomperts, Dutch literature (Duck on Attic)
  • 1916-03-11 Ezra Jack Keats, children's literature author (d. 1983)
  • 1917-09-18 Gerrit Borgers, literature
  • 1918-04-26 Jack Morpurgo, American Literature scholar (Leeds University)
  • 1924-12-03 Francisco Sionil José, Filipino novelist, Philippine National Artist for Literature
  • 1926-06-08 Nico Kiasashvii, professor of English Literature
  • 1941-03-23 Jim Trelease, American educator and children's literature author

Famous Deaths

  • 1604-10-08 Janus Dousa, [Johan van de Does], literature/politician, dies at 58
  • 1711-12-17 Arnold Moonen, vicar/literature (Defeated German Spraekkunst), dies
  • 1840-09-08 John H van de Palm, theologist/literature/speaker, dies at 77
  • 1848-10-26 Vissarion G Belinski, Russian literature critic, dies
  • 1854-11-26 Matthijs Siegenbeek, literature (Defeated German Spelling), dies
  • 1872-06-04 Johan R Thorbecke, literature/liberal premier, dies
  • 1881-02-07 Fredrik Cygnaeus, Finnish poet/literature critic, dies at 73
  • 1886-08-06 Wilhelm Scherer, German literature historian, dies at 45
  • 1887-03-08 Pavel Annenkov, Russian literature historian/critic, dies at 73
  • 1887-03-20 Pavel Annenkov, Russian literature historian, dies at 73
  • 1893-11-04 Cornelis E van Koetsveld, Dutch vicar/literature, dies at 86
  • 1918-05-27 Henry Adams, US literature historian (Esther), dies at 80
  • 1926-09-17 August Sauer, Austria literature historian, dies at 70
  • 1937-03-08 Albert Verwey, Dutch poet/literature historian (Motion), dies at 71
  • 1940-09-27 Walter Benjamin, German/French literature critic/writer, dies at 48
  • 1943-10-01 Walter Brandligt, literature/resistance fighter, executed at 42
  • 1944-04-13 Paul Hazard, French literature historian, dies at 65
  • 1944-11-28 Camille Looten, Belgian priest/literature historian, dies
  • 1951-09-24 Georges Rency, Belgian poet/literature, dies at 75
  • 1953-08-17 Johannes B Tielrooy, literature (French Living Lesson), dies at 66
  • 1953-09-17 Emil Ermatinger, Switz, literature critic, dies at 80
  • 1953-10-18 Douwe Kalma, Fries literature/christian-socialist, dies at 57
  • 1954-03-06 Jan Kalf, Dutch literature/art historian, dies at 80
  • 1956-04-19 Ernst R Curtius, German literature historian, dies at 70
  • 1959-04-08 Gustave Charlier, Belgian literature historian, dies
  • 1967-11-12 Herman Uyttersprot, Flemish literature historian, dies at 58
  • 1970-02-18 Desiderius A Stracke, Flemish jesuit/literature historian, dies at 94
  • 1982-06-29 Gerard[us PM] Knuvelder, literature historian (Anthology), dies
  • 1985-07-05 Gerard Schmook, Flemish literature historian/custodian, dies at 86
  • 1995-03-19 Fernand Lodewick, literature historian (Literature), dies at 85
  • 1996-03-14 Nico Kiasashvii, professor of English Literature, dies at 69
  • 1998-02-09 Laxness, Iceland's Nobel Literature laureate, dies at 95