JEWISH NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS IN LITERATURE
(12% of world total, 27% of US total)
Listed below are recipients of the Nobel Prize in literature who were, or are, Jewish (or of half-Jewish descent, as noted).
- Paul von Heyse #,1 (1910)
- Henri Bergson # (1927)
- Boris Pasternak # (1958)
- Shmuel Agnon # (1966)
- Nelly Sachs # (1966)
- Saul Bellow # (1976)
- Isaac Bashevis Singer # (1978)
- Elias Canetti # (1981)
- Joseph Brodsky # (1987)
- Nadine Gordimer # (1991)
- Imre Kertész 2 (2002)
- Elfriede Jelinek 3 (2004)
- Harold Pinter 4 (2005)
# Encyclopaedia Judaica (1997 CD ROM edition). (This source was listed by the Library Journal as one of its "Top 50 Reference Works of the Millennium.")
1. Jewish mother, non-Jewish father; see first paragraph of autobiography: http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1910/heyse-autobio.html.
2. See first paragraph of biography: http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2002/kertesz-bio.html.
3. Jewish father, non-Jewish mother. In a 1998 interview, Jelinek stated "Mein Vater war auch Jude"; see fourth question in interview:
http://www.hagalil.com/archiv/98/12/jellinek.htm and first paragraph of bio-bibliographical notes: http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2004/bio-bibl.html.
4. See first paragraph of bio-bibliographical notes: http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2005/bio-bibl.html. In Conversations with Pinter, by Mel Gussow (Grove, New York, 1996, p.103), Pinter describes his mother and father as "very solid, very respectable, Jewish, lower middle class people."
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