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Literature Nobel Prize to Be Granted in 2019 due to Scandal

Literature Nobel Prize to Be Granted in 2019 due to Scandal

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.

This is the first time since 1949, that the jury which handles the world's most prestigious literary awards will not announce a victor this year, but would announce two winners in 2019.

For the first time in nearly 70 years there will be no Nobel Literature Prize this year, as the Swedish Academy that selects the laureate finds itself in turmoil over links to a man accused of sex crimes amid the #MeToo campaign.

The Swedish Academy has declared a "reserved prize" seven other times. "Their decision underscores the seriousness of the situation and will help safeguard the long-term reputation of the Nobel Prize", the foundation said in a statement released Friday. And, he adds, the Nobel Prize is based on a lifetime of work, not one book in one year.

A sexual abuse scandal emerged last November involving the husband of an academy member.

A wave of resignations followed, including Frostenson and head of the academy, Prof Sara Danius.

It's expected the victor of this year's Literature Prize will be announced in parallel with the 2019 laureate. If the Swedish Academy's current firestorm can erupt over a single harassment scandal, then Hollywood's sorry history of clutching well-known abusers to its bosom probably merits a full-blown purge of the industry - not to mention some serious soul-searching and introspection, which will hopefully go beyond a simple hashtag campaign.

He alone bears responsibility for his actions and behavior, which allegedly involve more than 20 women, including the Crown Princess of Sweden.

Nobel Literature prize postponed over sex scandal

Frostenson has so far not commented publicly on the vote and accusations against her. After Katarina Frostenson, Arnault's wife, was removed from the institution's committee in response to the allegations, a number of other members vowed to give up their active memberships, even though they are not allowed to resign.

A debate over how to face up to its flaws also divided its 18 members who are appointed for life, into hostile camps and prompted seven members of the prestigious institution to leave or disassociate themselves from the group.

Members agreed to review the academy's operating practices at this week's meeting.

"In addition, routines will be tightened regarding conflict-of-interest issues and the management of information classified as secret", the academy announced.

A postponement or cancellation of a Nobel Prize is rare but not unprecedented.

The Swedish Academy said in an April statement that it "deeply regrets that the letter was shelved and no measures taken to investigate the charges".

It may be literature's greatest honor, but the Nobel Prize has sometimes drawn negative attention to writers as well as praise.

"The present decision was arrived at in view of the now diminished academy and the reduced public confidence in the academy", the Swedish Academy said in a statement.


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