Nobel Prize In Literature For 2018 Cancelled Over Sexual Misconduct Scandal

Nobel Prize In Literature For 2018 Cancelled Over Sexual Misconduct Scandal

This year's Nobel Prize in Literature has been postponed in the wake of a sexual and financial scandal that has engulfed the Swedish Academy, the cultural institution responsible for awarding the prestigious prize. The Academy - reportedly marking its first year since WWII not giving out the award - will instead push the prize to 2019, when it will dole out two. Besides the six years during the world wars, there has only been one year when the prize was not awarded and that is because no victor was found in 1935.

Mr Heldin continued: "The crisis in the Swedish Academy has adversely affected the Nobel Prize".

Olsson said on Swedish Radio that the academy had been in "full agreement" to postpone the 2018 award since "there really was no other alternative".

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In a statement posted this morning, acting permanent secretary Anders Olsson said the decision was arrived at, quote, "in view of the now diminished academy and the reduced public confidence in the academy".

Some academy members had argued that the prize should proceed to protect the tradition, but others said the institution was in no state to present the award. Its inception followed the death of Alfred Nobel in 1896.

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Two prizes for literature will be announced next year, one for 2018 and one for 2019.

Divisions started to emerge last November when French photographer Jean-Claude Arnault, who ran a cultural project with funding from the Swedish Academy, was accused by 18 women of sexual assault.

BOGAARDS: So there would not be a determine made on the part of publishers to hold back a book because the Nobel Prize is not going to be awarded in 2018. Arnault was also accused of leaking the name of the victor in advance at least three times.

It marks the first time since 1943 that the prize has not been handed out.

The Nobel Prize in Literature will not be awarded this year.

The Academy, one of Sweden's most highly respected institutions, made the announcement on Friday morning following a meeting of its remaining 10 active members late on Thursday.

Three other members walked out in protest as a result - I say "walked out", as members of the Academy are appointed for life, and there is no formal means by which they could resign. The literature Nobel was not given out on seven occasions, mainly due to war, but in 1935 because no candidate was deemed worthy. And, he adds, the Nobel Prize is based on a lifetime of work, not one book in one year. Recent winners include Doris Lessing, Kazuo Ishiguro and Bob Dylan. American playwright Eugene O'Neill was awarded the 1936 prize a year later, in 1937, at the same time as that year's victor received his prize.

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