Statistics for Nobel Literature Prize Laureates

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  • The average score is 38 of 109

Answer Stats

HintAnswer% Correct
1954Ernest HemingwayUnited States (modernist novelist, short story writer)
67%
1964Jean-Paul SartreFrance, declined prize (novelist, philosopher, dramatist, essayist, literary critic, political activist)
67%
1982Gabriel García MárquezColombia (novelist, short story writer, proponent of Magic Realism)
65%
2012Mo YanChina (novelist, short story writer)
64%
1957Albert CamusFrance (novelist, dramatist, short story writer, essayist, philosopher; first African-born laureate)
61%
1953Winston ChurchillUnited Kingdom (historian, essayist, memoirist, orator, politician)
61%
1971Pablo NerudaChile (poet who adopted the name of a Czech poet as his pen name)
59%
1929Thomas MannGermany (novelist, essayist, short story writer; in recognition of "Buddenbrooks")
59%
1999Günter GrassGermany (novelist, dramatist, poet; born in the Free City of Danzig)
57%
1983William GoldingUnited Kingdom (novelist, poet, dramatist best remebered for "Lord of the Flies")
55%
1969Samuel BeckettIreland (absurdist and minimalist dramatist, novelist, poet)
54%
1907Rudyard KiplingUnited Kingdom (novelist, poet, short story writer born in Bombay)
53%
1997Dario FoItaly (dramatist influenced by the commedia dell'arte tradition)
51%
2006Orhan PamukTurkey (novelist, essayist)
51%
2007Doris LessingUnited Kingdom (novelist, poet, short story writer, essayist, dramatist, memoirist; born in Tehran 1919)
50%
1962John SteinbeckUnited States (realist novelist and short story writer)
50%
1949William FaulknerUnited States (modernist novelist, short story writer, essayist from Mississippi)
50%
1958Boris PasternakSoviet Union, declined prize (novelist, poet, translator)
49%
2010Mario Vargas LlosaPeru (lives in Spain) (novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, political activist; ran for President of Peru)
49%
1946Hermann HesseGermany (exiled to Switzerland; novelist, poet)
47%
2003J. M. CoetzeeSouth Africa (emigrated to Australia) (novelist, essayist, translator; anti-Apartheid activist also known for his animal rights work)
47%
1923William Butler YeatsIreland (poet)
47%
1998José SaramagoPortugal (novelist, dramatist, poet; moved from Portugal to the Canaries in protest)
46%
1995Seamus HeaneyIreland (poet)
45%
1970Aleksandr SolzhenitsynSoviet Union (novelist, dissident activist who was expelled from the USSR in 1974)
44%
2005Harold PinterUnited Kingdom (dramatist)
44%
2009Herta MüllerGermany (emigrated from Romania, writes in German) (novel, poet)
43%
1993Toni MorrisonUnited States (novelist)
43%
2004Elfriede JelinekAustria (feminist novelist, dramatist)
42%
1913Rabindranath TagoreIndia (Bengali poet, novelist, dramatist, short story writer, composer)
42%
1925George Bernard ShawIreland (dramatist, novelist, essayist, literary critic, political activist)
41%
1994Kenzaburō ŌeJapan (novelist, short story writer)
41%
1948T. S. EliotUnited Kingdom (US-born modernist poet)
41%
1904Frédéric MistralFrance (Occitan)
39%
1945Gabriela MistralChile (poet, diplomat)
39%
1938Pearl S. BuckUnited States (novelist; in recognition of her works on life in China)
39%
1909Selma LagerlöfSweden (novelist, short story writer remebered for her children's story about Nils Holgersson)
39%
1978Isaac Bashevis SingerUnited States (Yiddish) (novelist, short story writer, memoirist of Polish-Jewish origin)
38%
1950Bertrand RussellUnited Kingdom (philosopher, essayist, political activist, founder of analytic philosophy)
37%
2011Tomas TranströmerSweden (poet)
37%
2001V. S. NaipaulTrinidad & Tobago / UK (novelist, essayist)
37%
1991Nadine GordimerSouth Africa (novelist, short story writer, essayist, anti-Apartheid activist)
36%
1972Heinrich BöllGermany (novelist, short story writer highly critical of West German society)
35%
2002Imre KertészHungary (novelist; Holocaust survivor)
35%
2008J. M. G. Le ClézioFrance / Mauritus (novelist, short story writer, essayist, translator)
35%
1932John GalsworthyUnited Kingdom (novelist, in recognition of "The Forsyte Saga")
35%
1990Octavio PazMexico (poet, essayist)
35%
1996Wisława SzymborskaPoland (poet, essayist, translator)
35%
1980Czesław MiłoszUnited States (emigrated from Poland) (poet, essayist)
34%
1905Henryk SienkiewiczPoland (Russian Empire) (epic novelist)
33%
1920Knut HamsunNorway (epic novelist)
33%
1934Luigi PirandelloItaly (dramatist, novelist, short story writer who tore up his Fascist membership card)
33%
1988Naguib MahfouzEgypt (novelist)
33%
1976Saul BellowUnited States (born in Canada, novelist, short story writer)
33%
1901Sully PrudhommeFrance (poet, essayist)
33%
1921Anatole FranceFrance (poet, novelist)
32%
1947André GideFrance (novelist, essayist who famously repudiated his communist beliefs after visiting the Soviet Union)
32%
1955Halldór LaxnessIceland (poet, novelist, short story writer, dramatist)
32%
1986Wole SoyinkaNigeria (dramatist, novelist, poet)
32%
1992Derek WalcottSaint Lucia (poet)
31%
1927Henri BergsonFrance (philosopher known for the concept of élan vital, or the life force)
31%
1961Ivo AndrićYugoslavia (novelist, short story writer)
31%
1965Mikhail SholokhovSoviet Union (epic novelist, in recognition of "And Quiet Flows the Don")
31%
1981Elias CanettiBulgaria (emigrated to UK, wrote in German) (novelist, dramatist, memoirist, essayist)
30%
1936Eugene O'NeillUnited States (realist dramatist)
30%
1968Yasunari KawabataJapan (novelist, short story writer)
30%
1973Patrick WhiteAustralia (novelist, dramatist, short story writer)
29%
1928Sigrid UndsetNorway (novelist)
29%
1902Theodor MommsenGermany (historian, legal scholar)
29%
1911Maurice MaeterlinckBelgium (symbolist dramatist, poet, essayist)
28%
1959Salvatore QuasimodoItaly (poet)
28%
1989Camilo José CelaSpain (novelist, short story writer)
27%
1987Joseph BrodskyUnited States (expelled from the USSR) (poet)
27%
1930Sinclair LewisUnited Staes (novelist, dramatist, short story writer)
26%
1924Władysław ReymontPoland (epic novelist)
26%
1903Bjørnstjerne BjørnsonNorway (poet, novelist, dramatist, author of lyrics of Norwegian national anthem
25%
1974Eyvind JohnsonSweden (novelist; was on the Nobel panel himself)
25%
1967Miguel Ángel AsturiasGuatemala (novelist, poet)
25%
2000Gao XingjiangChina (emigrated to France) (novelist, dramatist, literary critic)
24%
1966Nelly SachsGermany (exiled in Sweden; poet, dramatist)
24%
1985Claude SimonFrance (novelist)
23%
1975Eugenio MontaleItaly (poet)
23%
1952François MauriacFrance (novelist, short story writer)
23%
1939Frans Eemil SillanpääFinland (novelist)
23%
1912Gerhart HauptmannGermany (dramatist, novelist)
23%
1926Grazia DeleddaItaly (poet, novelist)
23%
1933Ivan BuninRussia (exiled in France; novelist, poet, short story writer)
23%
1904José EchegaraySpain (dramatist)
23%
1956Juan Ramón JiménezSpain (poet)
23%
1951Pär LagerkvistSweden (poet, novelist, short story writer, dramatist)
23%
1963Giorgos SeferisGreece (poet; Greek ambassador to the UK 1957–62)
22%
1979Odysseas ElytisGreece (poet)
22%
1915Romain RollandFrance (novelist)
22%
1960Saint-John PerseFrance (poet)
22%
1906Giosuè CarducciItaly (poet)
21%
1984Jaroslav SeifertCzechoslovakia (Czech poet)
21%
1910Paul von HeyseGermany (poet, dramatist, novelist, short story writer)
21%
1908Rudolf Christoph EuckenGermany (philosopher)
21%
1966Shmuel Yosef AgnonIsrael (novelist, short story writer)
21%
1974Harry MartinsonSweden (novelist, poet, dramatist; was on the Nobel panel himself)
20%
1944Johannes Vilhelm JensenDenmark (modernist poet)
20%
1922Jacinto BenaventeSpain (dramatist)
19%
1977Vicente AleixandreSpain (poet)
19%
1919Carl SpittelerSwitzerland (German-language epic poet)
18%
1931Erik Axel KarlfeldtSweden (poetry)
18%
1917Henrik PontoppidanDenmark (novelist)
18%
1937Roger Martin du GardFrance (novelist)
18%
1917Karl Adolph GjellerupDenmark (poet)
17%
1916Verner von HeidenstamSweden (poet, novelist)
17%

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