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No jokes please, we’re the Nobel Prize Committee

Sweden's literati-glitterati are whispering the names of the candidates for this year's Nobel Prize in Literature. As Jeanne Rudbeck writes, jokes and vulgarity don't go down well at the academy that bypassed Joyce and Wodehouse.

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Passions and politeness: how to award a Nobel

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Literature Prize keeps pundits guessing

Doris Lessing wins Nobel

Doris Lessing wins Nobel

Doris Lessing too ill to attend Nobel Prize ceremony

Doris Lessing too ill to attend Nobel Prize ceremony

Lessing argues for Africa’s ‘unheard voices’

Lessing argues for Africa’s ‘unheard voices’

Date set for Nobel Literature Prize

Date set for Nobel Literature Prize

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Nobel Literature Prize speculation mounts

French novelist wins Nobel Literature Prize

French novelist wins Nobel Literature Prize

Le Clézio travels into ‘the forest of paradoxes’

Le Clézio travels into ‘the forest of paradoxes’

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Date fixed for Nobel Literature Prize

Pundits tip poets for Nobel Literature Prize

Pundits tip poets for Nobel Literature Prize

Speculation mounts as Nobel lit prize nears

Speculation mounts as Nobel lit prize nears

German author wins Nobel Literature Prize

German author wins Nobel Literature Prize

Date released for Nobel Literature Prize

Date released for Nobel Literature Prize