When I suggested the currently running topic challenge on R. K. Narayan, I wrote that the author
was shortlisted for the Nobel Prize in Literature (possibly several times) but never won it.
This was based on the following statement in the Wikipedia article about the author:
He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature multiple times, but never won the honour.
The source for that statement is the article The Grand Old Man of Malgudi in the Indian newspaper The Tribune (7 October 2000), which says,
Narayan rated as one of the finest English language writers in the world — and a perennial candidate for the Nobel Prize — was born in Madras in 1906.
His work is available in most of the world’s major languages, he has been nominated more than once for the Nobel Prize, he has won many literary honours, (...)
I along with many others feel the Nobel should have come to him several years ago. He was nominated twice – and could still get it. Some 40 years ago Graham Greene expressed, in a letter, confidence that Narayan would one day win the Nobel Prize. But, then, what on earth could be the reason for the Nobel not coming to Greene, a truly great writer?
The last two statements come from N. Ram, who wrote a biography of R. K. Narayan. However, is Graham Greene the only source for this claim or are their other sources? (Could Graham Greene actually have knowledge about nominations without having won the prize himself?)