Saturday, October 11, 2008

Nobel Winners I've Read

Regarding the last post, more for my own edification than anything else, here's a list of the Nobel Literature winners I've read:

1907 - Rudyard Kipling (as a kid, granted)
1938 - Pearl S. Buck -- uh, good question which one. Again, it was as a youngster -- one of her books seemed to get assigned in every literature class I took. But I can't remember which. Not "The Good Earth."
1947 - Andre Gide ("Amyntas")
1954 - Ernest Hemingway (most of his novels/collections)
1955 - Halldor Laxness ("Independent People")
1957 - Albert Camus ("The Stranger," "The Plague")
1962 - John Steinbeck (various and sundry)
1969 - Samuel Beckett ("Waiting for Godot")
1982 - Gabriel Garcia Marquez ("Love in the Time of Cholera")
1983 - William Golding ("Lord of the Flies")
1993 - Toni Morrison ("Beloved")
1999 - Gunter Grass ("The Tin Drum")
2001 - V.S. Naipaul ("A Turn in the South")
2006 - Orhan Pamuk ("Snow")

Geez, not a real hot record, huh? Now there's a few disclaimers -- of course I've read T.S. Eliot and Eugene O'Neill, and a few other poets and playwrights, but I'm hard-pressed to remember which one. I read Faulkner in a lit class at some point, but since I can't even remember which book, I won't include it -- I've also read some Seifert, but if you asked me what I couldn't tell ya. And I've got books by several other Nobel winners (here's a list, by the way) waiting on my shelves -- Saramago, Mahfouz, Andric. AND, I'll go so far as to say the Nobel committee has done itself a disservice over the years by overlooking your Nabokovs, your Pynchons, your Roths, your DeLillos, all of whom I've read.

Still, pretty bad record there, Greggers. Get to it.

1 comment:

Cranky said...

I agree on Nabokov and Pynchon (though Against the Day is gathering dust on my shelves currently). I'd have to add Atwood, too.