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What is the evidence that R. K. Narayan was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature multiple times?

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 ...
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Understanding the 2018 and 2019 Nobel prizes

When someone is awarded the Nobel prize, the Nobel committee always gives a short description of their achievement. This year, two prizes were awarded (for 2019 and 2018): Peter Handke “for an ...
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Comparing the winners of the Nobel Prize in Literature, the National Book Award, and the Booker Prize

In what ways do the winners of these three awards differ? I'm surprised there is not more overlap when surveying the results. I understand that there are some variations in criteria between the ...
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Why did Isaac Bashevis Singer win the Nobel Prize for Literature?

I love IBS's books and have read many of them, but I fail to understand how such niche writing garnered a Nobel Prize in Literature. The audience of his brilliant books are Jews, old Jews, ...
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How does the Nobel committee define literature?

As you probably know, Bob Dylan, a musician, was awarded the Nobel prize. He was the first musician to receive the Nobel prize. The Nobel committee, notably, seemed to avoid the word music when ...
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Who can nominate candidates for a Nobel Prize in Literature?

I was reading the Nobel Prize website page on the nomination and selection of Literature Laureates, and didn't quite understand the list of people and organisations eligible to submit nominations: ...
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How and why did the Swedish Academy decide to award Bob Dylan a Nobel Prize?

Setting aside the question of whether the award was appropriate/merited, why did the Swedish Academy award Bob Dylan a Nobel Prize? What is publicly known about how and why they made that decision?
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Why is the Nobel Literature Prize committee primarily staffed by Swedish nationals?

So far as I understand(I might be wrong), the 5 or so people that form the committee that decides who should get the Nobel Prize for Literature are primarily Swedish Nationals. Here's a list of the ...