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List of Nobel Prize in Literature winners from every year the award has been given out. All Nobel Prize in Literature winners are listed below in order of popularity, but can be sorted by any column. People who won the Nobel Prize in Literature award are listed along with photos for every Nobel Prize in Literature winner that has a picture associated with their name online. You can click on the name of the Nobel Prize in Literature award recipients to get more information about each. People who won the Nobel Prize in Literature are usually listed by year, but on this list you've got a complete list of Nobel Prize in Literature winners from all years. If this proves to not be a full list of Nobel Prize in Literature winners, you can help make it so by adding to this one. This list includes the most memorable and well-known Nobel Prize in Literature winners of all time. Anybody who won the Nobel Prize in Literature usually has a picture associated with their name, so all the Nobel Prize in Literature-winning people are listed here with photos when available. This list spans the history of the Nobel Prize in Literature, so most of the famous Nobel Prize in Literature winners are here and can be a good starting point for making a list of your favorites. This list answers the question "who are all the people who have ever won Nobel Prize in Literature?" If you're looking for all the nominees, you can click the links above the title of this page to the Listopedia page where you'll find a directory of award nominees, as well as the rest of the award winners lists we have. You can use this factual list to create a new list, re-rank it to fit your views, then share it with your Twitter followers, Facebook friends or with any other social networks you use on a regular basis. Items include everything from Isaac Bashevis Singer to Henryk Sienkiewicz. (108 items)

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Albert Camus is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Albert Camus was a French Nobel Prize winning author, journalist, and philosopher. His views contributed to the rise of the philosophy known as absurdism. He wrote in his essay "The ...more

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn was a Russian novelist, historian, and critic of Soviet totalitarianism. He helped to raise global awareness of the gulag and the Soviet Union's forced labor ...more

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Anatole France is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Anatole France was a French poet, journalist, and novelist. He was born in Paris, and died in Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire. He was a successful novelist, with several best-sellers. Ironic and skeptical, ...more

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André Gide is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
André Paul Guillaume Gide was a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1947 "for his comprehensive and artistically significant writings, in which human ...more

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Bertrand Russell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, OM, FRS was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic and political activist. At various points in his ...more

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Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Bjørnstjerne Martinius Bjørnson was a Norwegian writer who received the 1903 Nobel Prize in Literature "as a tribute to his noble, magnificent and versatile poetry, which has ...more

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Boris Pasternak is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Boris Leonidovich Pasternak was a Russian poet, novelist, and literary translator. In his native Russian, Pasternak's first book of poems, My Sister, Life, is one of the most influential ...more

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Camilo José Cela is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Camilo José Cela y Trulock, 1st Marquis of Iria Flavia was a Spanish novelist, short story writer and essayist associated with the Generation of '36 movement. He was awarded the 1989 ...more

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Carl Spitteler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Carl Friedrich Georg Spitteler was a Swiss poet who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1919 "in special appreciation of his epic, Olympian Spring". His work includes both ...more

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Claude Simon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Claude Simon was a French novelist and the 1985 Nobel Laureate in Literature. His parents were French, his father being a career officer who was killed in the First World War. He grew up with ...more

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Czesław Miłosz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Czesław Miłosz was a Polish poet, prose writer, translator and diplomat of Lithuanian origin. His World War II-era sequence, The World, is a collection of twenty naive poems. Following the war, ...more

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Dario Fo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Dario Fo is an Italian actor-playwright, comedian, singer, theatre director, stage designer, songwriter, painter and political campaigner, and recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Literature. ...more

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Derek Walcott is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Derek Alton Walcott, OBE OCC is a Saint Lucian poet and playwright. He received the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature. He is currently Professor of Poetry at the University of Essex. His works ...more

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Doris Lessing is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Doris May Lessing CH was a British novelist, poet, playwright, librettist, biographer and short story writer. Her novels include The Grass is Singing, the sequence of five novels collectively ...more

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Elfriede Jelinek is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Elfriede Jelinek is an Austrian playwright and novelist. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2004 for her "musical flow of voices and counter-voices in novels and plays that, ...more

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Elias Canetti is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Elias Canetti was a German language author, born in Bulgaria, and later a British citizen. He was a modernist novelist, playwright, memoirist, and non-fiction writer. He won the Nobel Prize in ...more

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Erik Axel Karlfeldt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Erik Axel Karlfeldt was a Swedish poet whose highly symbolist poetry masquerading as regionalism was popular and won him the Nobel Prize in Literature posthumously in 1931. It has been rumored ...more

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Ernest Hemingway is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Ernest Miller Hemingway was an American author and journalist. His economical and understated style had a strong influence on 20th-century fiction, while his life of adventure and his public ...more

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Eugene O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Eugene Gladstone O'Neill was an American playwright and Nobel laureate in Literature. His poetically titled plays were among the first to introduce into American drama techniques of realism ...more

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Eugenio Montale is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Eugenio Montale was an Italian poet, prose writer, editor and translator, and recipient of the 1975 Nobel Prize in Literature. He is widely considered the greatest Italian lyric poet since ...more

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Eyvind Johnson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Eyvind Johnson was a Swedish writer and author. He became a member of the Swedish Academy in 1957 and shared the Nobel Prize in Literature with Harry Martinson in 1974 with the citation: for a ...more

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François Mauriac is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
François Charles Mauriac was a French author, member of the Académie française, and laureate of the Nobel Prize in Literature. He was awarded the Grand Cross of the

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Frans Eemil Sillanpää is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Frans Eemil Sillanpää was one of the most famous Finnish writers and in 1939 became the first Finnish writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize for literature.

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Frédéric Mistral is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Frédéric Mistral was a French writer and lexicographer of the Occitan language. Mistral received the 1904 Nobel Prize in Literature "in recognition of the fresh originality ...more

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Gabriel García Márquez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist, known affectionately as Gabo throughout Latin America. ...more

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Gabriela Mistral is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Gabriela Mistral was the pseudonym of Lucila Godoy Alcayaga, a Chilean poet-diplomat, educator and feminist. She was the first Latin American to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, which she ...more

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Gao Xingjian is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Gao Xingjian is a Chinese émigré novelist, playwright, and critic who in 2000 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature “for an oeuvre of universal validity, bitter insights and ...more

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George Bernard Shaw is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote ...more

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George Seferis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Giorgos or George Seferis, the pen name of Georgios Seferiades, was a Greek poet-diplomat. He was one of the most important Greek poets of the 20th century, and a Nobel laureate. He was a career ...more

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Gerhart Hauptmann is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Gerhart Hauptmann was a German dramatist and novelist. He is counted among the most important promoters of literary naturalism, though he integrated other styles into his work as well. He ...more

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Giosuè Carducci is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Giosuè Alessandro Giuseppe Carducci was an Italian poet and teacher. He was very influential and was regarded as the official national poet of modern Italy. In 1906 he became the first ...more

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Grazia Deledda is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Grazia Deledda was an Italian writer who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1926 "for her idealistically inspired writings which with plastic clarity picture the life on her native ...more

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Günter Grass is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Günter Wilhelm Grass was a German novelist, poet, playwright, illustrator, graphic artist, sculptor and recipient of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature. Grass was of mixed Kashubian-German ...more

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Halldór Laxness is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Halldór Kiljan Laxness was a twentieth-century Icelandic writer. Throughout his career Laxness wrote poetry, newspaper articles, plays, travelogues, short stories, and novels. Major ...more

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Harold Pinter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Harold Pinter, CH, CBE was a Nobel Prize-winning English playwright, screenwriter, director and actor. One of the most influential modern British dramatists, his writing career spanned more than ...more

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Harry Martinson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Harry Martinson was a Swedish author, poet and former sailor. In 1949 he was elected into the Swedish Academy. He was awarded a joint Nobel Prize in Literature in 1974 together with fellow Swede ...more

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Heinrich Böll is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Heinrich Theodor Böll was one of Germany's foremost post-World War II writers. Böll was awarded the Georg Büchner Prize in 1967 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1972.

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Henri Bergson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Henri-Louis Bergson was a major French philosopher, influential especially in the first half of the 20th century. Bergson convinced many thinkers that the processes of immediate experience and ...more

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Henrik Pontoppidan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Henrik Pontoppidan was a Danish realist writer who shared with Karl Gjellerup the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1917 for "his authentic descriptions of present-day life in Denmark." ...more

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Henryk Sienkiewicz is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Henryk Adam Aleksander Pius Sienkiewicz was a Polish journalist, Nobel Prize-winning novelist, and philanthropist. He is best remembered for his historical novels. Born into an impoverished ...more

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Hermann Hesse is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Hermann Hesse was a German-born Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual's search ...more

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Herta Müller is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Herta Müller is a German novelist, poet, essayist and recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born in Nițchidorf, Timiș County in Romania, her native language is German. Since the ...more

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Imre Kertész is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Imre Kertész is a Hungarian author, Holocaust concentration camp survivor, and recipient of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Literature, "for writing that upholds the fragile experience of ...more

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Isaac Bashevis Singer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Isaac Bashevis Singer was a Polish-born Jewish-American author. The Polish form of his birth name was Izaak Zynger and he used his mother's first name in an initial pseudonym, Izaak Baszewis, ...more

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Ivan Bunin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Ivan Alekseyevich Bunin was the first Russian writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was noted for the strict artistry with which he carried on the classical Russian traditions in the ...more

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Ivo Andrić is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Ivan "Ivo" Andrić was a Yugoslav novelist, short story writer, and the 1961 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. His writings dealt mainly with life in his native Bosnia under the

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J. M. Coetzee is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
John Maxwell "J. M." Coetzee is a South African novelist, essayist, linguist, translator and recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature. He relocated to Australia in 2002 and ...more

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Jacinto Benavente is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Jacinto Benavente y Martínez was one of the foremost Spanish dramatists of the 20th century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1922 "for the happy manner in which he ...more

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Jaroslav Seifert is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Jaroslav Seifert was a Nobel Prize–winning Czechoslovak writer, poet and journalist. Born in Žižkov, a suburb of Prague in what was then part of Austria-Hungary, his first collection of poems ...more

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Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Nobel Prize in Literature Winners List
Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, usually identified as J. M. G. Le Clézio, is a French-Mauritian writer and professor. The author of over forty works, he was awarded the 1963 Prix ...more