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Why is the Nobel Literature Prize committee primarily staffed by Swedish nationals?

Alfred Nobel's will states that [Priset] [...] för litteratur [utdelas] af Akademien i Stockholm[...] or, in English The award for Literature shall be awarded by the Academy in Stockholm All ...
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What is the oldest literary award?

The French Academy (Académie française) beats the Nobel with several prizes in the lists here, none of which are still running. I've only included the ones I'm sure are for literature (end dates from ...
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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? These three awards are very different, and it's rare that an author collects more than one of the three. The most obvious difference is the ...
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What is the process to be nominated for the Man Booker Prize?

Nominations must be made by the publisher, and there are many restrictions on eligibility. You can find the rules at the Man* Booker Prize website here, with specific rules for the English Man Booker ...
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How and why did the Swedish Academy decide to award Bob Dylan a Nobel Prize?

The records of the discussions of the Swedish Academy are kept secret for 50 years, meaning that as of the time I'm writing this, the last laureates for which we actually have any real insight into ...
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Who can nominate candidates for a Nobel Prize in Literature?

The identities of nominating bodies are a strictly held secret. The statutes of the Nobel Foundation restrict disclosure of information about the nominations, whether publicly or privately, for 50 ...
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What is the oldest literary award?

Floral games predate Nobel Prizes, prizes of the French Academy and even the Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom. They are given in a regular basis - one condition in the question the Poet Laureate ...
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What is the oldest literary award?

Not the oldest, but: there is Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, the modern tradition starting informally with Ben Jonson in 1616, and formally with John Dryden in 1631 and continuing to the present ...
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