Thursday, October 10, 2013

Sixteen great writers snubbed by the Nobel Prize committee

At The Daily Beast Thomas Flynn tagged 16 great writers snubbed by the Nobel Prize, including:
Vladimir Nabokov

Nabokov was nominated in 1974, but was ignored in favor of the obscure Swedish authors Eyvind Johnson and Harry Martinson. Both were on the Nobel committee at the time.
Learn about the other writers on the list.

Nabokov is on Ben Frederick's list of ten influential authors who came to the US as immigrants.

The author's Lolita appears on Boris Kachka's six favorite books list, Fiona Maazel's list of the ten worst fathers in books, Jennifer Gilmore's list of the ten worst mothers in books, Steven Amsterdam's list of five top books that have anxiety at their heart, John Banville's five best list of books on early love and infatuation, Kathryn Harrison's list of favorite books with parentless protagonists, Emily Temple's list of ten of the greatest kisses in literature, John Mullan's list of ten of the best lakes in literature, Dan Vyleta's top ten list of books in second languages, Rowan Somerville's top ten list of books of good sex in fiction, Henry Sutton's top ten list of unreliable narrators, Adam Leith Gollner's top ten list of fruit scenes in literature, Laura Hird's literary top ten list, Monica Ali's ten favorite books list, Laura Lippman's 5 most important books list, Mohsin Hamid's 10 favorite books list, and Dani Shapiro's 10 favorite books list. It is Lena Dunham's favorite book.

Nabokov's Lectures on Literature is among Gish Jen's five top lectures on writing. His memoir Speak, Memory is among Eva Hoffman's top five memoirs of identity, dislocation & belonging and Susan Cheever's favorite books.

--Marshal Zeringue