Nobel Laureates In Literature

Literature has influenced the world greatly and has many times even changed it or the better. However, there have also been times where a few works of literature have resulted in wars, conflicts, controversies and has even divided people based on ideologies. Legendary writers like Ernest Hemmingway, Pablo Neruda, T.S Elliott, William Faulkner, Herman Hasse and Rabindranath Tagore have bagged the Nobel Prize for literature in the past. Ernest Hemmingway was honored with the prestigious prize in 1954. This noted novelist and writer from the United States has penned several path breaking literary works like ‘A Farewell To Arms’, ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’, ‘The Sun Also Rises’ and ‘The Old Man And The Sea’. Hemmingway has also penned several short stories as well. T.S Elliot was considered one of the best poets of the 20th century. Many works of these individuals are famous worldwide and some of their novels have also been the inspiration behind blockbuster flicks.

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 1 Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan
56
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: One of the Greatest Songwriters of all Time
Birthdate: May 24, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Duluth, Minnesota, United States

 2 Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway
45
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist, Won 1954 Nobel Prize in Literature
Birthdate: July 21, 1899
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States
Died: July 2, 1961

 3 Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling
11
Famous As: Journalist, Poet & Novelist
Birthdate: December 30, 1865
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
Died: January 18, 1936

 4 Albert Camus

Albert Camus
14
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Philosopher & Novelist
Birthdate: November 7, 1913
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Drean, Algeria
Died: January 4, 1960

 5 Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison
23
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: February 18, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lorain, Ohio
Died: August 5, 2019

 6 Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 7, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Died: August 7, 1941

 7 William Faulkner

William Faulkner
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 25, 1897
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Albany, Mississippi, United States
Died: July 6, 1962
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 8 W B Yeats

W B Yeats
8
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: June 13, 1865
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sandymount, Ireland
Died: January 28, 1939

 9 Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett
3
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist, Playwright
Birthdate: April 13, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Foxrock, Ireland
Died: December 22, 1989

 10 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
4
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 11, 1918
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kislovodsk, Russia
Died: August 3, 2008

 11 Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Chilean poet
Birthdate: July 12, 1904
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Parral, Chile
Died: September 23, 1973

 12 Eugene O'Neill

Eugene O'Neill
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: October 16, 1888
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Longacre Square, New York, United States
Died: November 27, 1953

 13 Seamus Heaney

Seamus Heaney
2
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 13, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Castledawson, Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Died: August 30, 2013

 14 Harold Pinter

Harold Pinter
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Playwright, Screenwriter
Birthdate: October 10, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Metropolitan Borough of Hackney
Died: December 24, 2008

 15 William Golding

William Golding
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: September 19, 1911
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newquay
Died: June 19, 1993

 16 V. S. Naipaul

V. S. Naipaul
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 17, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Trinidad and Tobago
Died: August 11, 2018
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 17 Hermann Hesse

Hermann Hesse
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet & Novelist
Birthdate: July 2, 1877
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Calw, Germany
Died: August 9, 1962

 18 Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing
2
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: October 22, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kermanshah, Iran
Died: November 17, 2013

 19 Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Author, Poet, Playwright
Birthdate: July 13, 1934
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Abeokuta

 20 Alice Munro

Alice Munro
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Short story writer
Birthdate: July 10, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wingham, Canada

 21 Mario Vargas Llosa

Mario Vargas Llosa
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 28, 1936
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Arequipa, Peru

 22 Saul Bellow

Saul Bellow
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 10, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lachine, Montreal, Canada
Died: April 5, 2005

 23 Pearl Buck

Pearl Buck
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: American writer
Birthdate: June 26, 1892
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hillsboro
Died: March 6, 1973

 24 Henri Bergson

Henri Bergson
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: October 18, 1859
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 4, 1941

 25 Derek Walcott

Derek Walcott
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: January 23, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Castries, Saint Lucia
Died: March 17, 2017

 26 Orhan Pamuk

Orhan Pamuk
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 7, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 27 John Galsworthy

John Galsworthy
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 14, 1867
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kingston upon Thames, England
Died: January 31, 1933

 28 Sinclair Lewis

Sinclair Lewis
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Nobel Prize Winner in Literature
Birthdate: February 7, 1885
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sauk Centre
Died: January 10, 1951

 29 Naguib Mahfouz

Naguib Mahfouz
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 11, 1911
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
Died: August 30, 2006

 30 Andre Gide

Andre Gide
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 22, 1869
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 19, 1951

 31 José Saramago

José Saramago
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 16, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Azinhaga, Portugal
Died: June 18, 2010

 32 Octavio Paz

Octavio Paz
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer, Poet, Diplomat and Noble Prize Laureate
Birthdate: March 31, 1914
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: April 19, 1998

 33 Luigi Pirandello

Luigi Pirandello
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: June 28, 1867
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Agrigento, Italy
Died: December 10, 1936

 34 J. M. Coetzee

J. M. Coetzee
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: February 9, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 35 Nadine Gordimer

Nadine Gordimer
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer, Political Activist
Birthdate: November 20, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Transvaal, South Africa
Died: July 13, 2014

 36 Anatole France

Anatole France
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 16, 1844
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 12, 1924

 37 Günter Grass

Günter Grass
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: October 16, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Free City of Danzig
Died: April 13, 2015

 38 Dario Fo

Dario Fo
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Playwright who Rose to Fame by Winning the 1997 Nobel Prize in Literature
Birthdate: March 24, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sangiano, Italy
Died: October 13, 2016
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 39 Gabriela Mistral

Gabriela Mistral
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Chilean poet
Birthdate: April 7, 1889
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vicuña, Chile
Died: January 10, 1957

 40 Isaac Bashevis Singer

Isaac Bashevis Singer
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 21, 1902
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Leoncin, Congress Poland
Died: July 24, 1991

 41 Joseph Brodsky

Joseph Brodsky
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Essayist & Poet
Birthdate: May 24, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: January 28, 1996

 42 Knut Hamsun

Knut Hamsun
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 4, 1859
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lom Municipality, Norway
Died: February 19, 1952

 43 Henryk Sienkiewicz

Henryk Sienkiewicz
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: May 5, 1846
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wola Okrzejska, Poland
Died: November 15, 1916

 44 Yasunari Kawabata

Yasunari Kawabata
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 11, 1899
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Osaka
Died: April 16, 1972

 45 Ivo Andric

Ivo Andric
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: October 10, 1892
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dolac, Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Died: March 13, 1975

 46 Mo Yan

Mo Yan
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist & Short Story Writer
Birthdate: February 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gaomi, Shandong, China

 47 Selma Lagerlöf

Selma Lagerlöf
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: November 20, 1858
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mårbacka, Sweden
Died: March 16, 1940

 48 Czesław Miłosz

Czesław Miłosz
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: June 30, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Šeteniai, Lithuania
Died: August 14, 2004

 49 Patrick White

Patrick White
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Australian Writer
Birthdate: May 28, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Knightsbridge, London, England
Died: September 30, 1990

 50 Wisława Szymborska

Wisława Szymborska
1
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet, Essayist, Translator
Birthdate: July 2, 1923
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kórnik, Poland
Died: February 1, 2012