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Why did Isaac Bashevis Singer win the Nobel Prize for Literature?

Because the Nobel committee felt his writing expressed "universal human conditions". According to the official Nobel Prize website: The Nobel Prize in Literature 1978 was awarded to Isaac Bashevis ...
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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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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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Why did Isaac Bashevis Singer win the Nobel Prize for Literature?

I think there were several factors here, though of course we don't know all of them. Not really niche Firstly, I'd like to address the point of audience. While you say The audience of his brilliant ...
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What is the evidence that R. K. Narayan was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature multiple times?

TLDR: Contrary to the OP's assumptions, being nominated for a Nobel Prize and being shortlisted for one are two quite different things. We know some of the nominees for Nobel Prizes because their ...
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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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Understanding the 2018 and 2019 Nobel prizes

Just to add a subtly here, "encyclopedic knowledge" doesn't just refer to vast knowledge, it refers to comprehensive knowledge. (You could have lots of knowledge about a very narrow topic, but that ...
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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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Understanding the 2018 and 2019 Nobel prizes

Narratives come in many shapes/forms/sizes. It’s fairly common for a book to be written (mostly) linearly. It’s also common for an author to stick with a specific set of related characters. (See books ...
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