Why the Nobel Prize in Literature Won’t Be Awarded This Year

May 4, 2018  •  Post A Comment

The prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature will not be awarded this year, with the Swedish Academy, which gives out the award, announcing today that the organization is postponing the award until next year.

Both the 2018 prize and the 2019 prize will be presented next year.

The move follows what the AP describes as “weeks of internal bickering, sex-abuse allegations and a financial investigation by police.”

“The decision was made Thursday at a weekly meeting of the Swedish Academy in Stockholm on the grounds that the group was in too deep a crisis to choose a Nobel winner properly,” the AP reports.

Anders Olsson, the academy’s permanent secretary, is quoted saying: “The present crisis of confidence places high demands on a long-term and robust work for change. We find it necessary to commit time to recovering public confidence in the Academy before the next laureate can be announced.”

The report adds: “The internal feud within the academy — which only hands out one of the Nobel prizes — was triggered by an abuse scandal linked to Jean-Claude Arnault, a major cultural figure in Sweden who is also the husband of poet Katarina Frostenson, an academy member.”

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