Nobels Are Ringing

An American writer hasn't won the Nobel Prize for literature since 1993, when the Swedish Academy bestowed the honor on Toni Morrison. Here's a list of American writers most likely to win the award, which cannot be given posthumously and encompasses an entire body of work.
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Nobels Are Ringing Newsweek

An American writer hasn't won the Nobel Prize for literature since 1993, when the Swedish Academy bestowed the honor on Toni Morrison. Since then, the Nobel committee has indicated that it finds American literature too cloistered, not concerned enough with the world beyond the U.S. borders. That has dismayed many in the American literary establishment, who hope one of its favored candidates may yet win over Stockholm. Here's a list of American writers most likely to win the award, which cannot be given posthumously and encompasses an entire body of work.

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Writer Richard Ford arrives at the premiere of the film 'Very Good Girls' in Deauville, France on September 3, 2013. Ford's Frank Bascombe tetralogy may be the finest testament to life in the United States in the late 20th century, with all its comfort and unease. Francois Durand/Getty