The Swedish Academy and the Nobel Prize in Literature
The Swedish Academy has gained worldwide recognition through its annual awarding of the Nobel Prize in Literature, first presented in 1901. But the Academy has a far longer history: it was founded in 1786 by King Gustaf III to promote Swedish language and literature – still its main purpose. This booklet provides a condensed review of the Academy’s history and current activities. A special section deals with the Nobel Prize in Literature: the background, the formal rules for the Academy’s work on the prize and the evolution of the criteria for the assessment of candidates throughout the years.
Translated from the Swedish by Kim Loughran.
2011. 2nd edn. 87 pp., paperback. ISBN 978-91-1-303056-2. Distributed by Norstedts.