Posts Tagged: Nobel laureate

Selma Lagerlöf, an Exception to the Rule

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Since the the first Nobel Prize was awarded, Cassie Gonzales explains in “An Unconventional Nobel Laureate” at the Ploughshares blog, the Laureate winner list has not been a bastion of diversity. However, Selma Lagerlöf was an exception—in her brief, funny essay, Gonzalez explains how a “disabled, Swedish, cross-genre, lady-loving author” bucked the white male (and heterosexual and able-bodied) […]

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Weekend Rumpus Roundup

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Having a social life on weekends is fun, but what if you missed our killer Rumpus weekend features?! No worries, we’ve collected them for you here. On Saturday, Shawn Andrew Mitchell reviewed Dark Lies the Island by recent Rumpus interviewee Kevin Barry: In one paragraph a poet-narrator might describe how “the sky had shucked the last […]

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Dear Wislawa

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We could all use a little guidance down the artist’s path now and then, and today’s helping hand comes from essential Polish poet and Nobel laureate Wisława Szymborska. The Poetry Foundation gathered some of her greatest hits from the poetry advice column she used to write for Polish litmag Życie Literackie (Literary Life). Here’s one to get you […]

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Writers Sign Petition Against Mass Surveillance

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A whole raft of writers, from Margaret Atwood to Arundhati Roy to Orhan Pamuk, have joined forces to take a stand against mass surveillance in the digital age. A petition put together by Writers Against Mass Surveillance was signed by 562 authors (including five Nobel laureates) from 80 countries and circulated in newspapers worldwide on […]

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RIP Doris Lessing

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Nobel Prize–winning author Doris Lessing passed away in her London home at the age of 94. The 11th woman to ever win the Nobel, Lessing broke ground with both the form and the content of books like The Golden Notebook, Children of Violence, and The Good Terrorist. Her New York Times obituary calls her “uninhibited and outspoken” (and “cavalier […]

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Alice Munro Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

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Alice Munro, a “master of the contemporary short story,” has been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in literature. The first Canadian to win, Munro told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: I think my stories have gotten around quite remarkably for short stories, and I would really hope that this would make people see the short story […]

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