Beautiful Minds – Women Nobel Prize Winners in Literature

Becca Anderson (author of The Book of Awesome Women Writers) recognizes the historical women who made literary history.

Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlof, 1909, “in appreciation of the lofty idealism, vivid imagination, and spiritual perception that characterize her writings.”

Deledda Grazia, 1926, “for her idealistically inspired writings which with plastic clarity picture the life on her native island and with depth and sympathy deal with human problems in general.”

Sigrid Undset, 1928, “principally for her powerful descriptions of Northern life during the Middle Ages.”

Pearl Buck, 1938, “for her rich and truly epic descriptions of peasant life in China and for her biographical masterpieces.”

Gabriela Mistral, 1945, “for her lyric poetry, which, inspired by powerful emotions, has made her name a symbol of the idealistic aspirations of the entire Latin American world.”

Nelly Sachs, 1966 (shared), “for her outstanding lyrical and dramatic writing, which interprets Israel’s destiny with touching strength.”

Nadine Gordimer, 1991, “who through her magnificent epic writing has—in the words of Alfred Nobel—been of a very great benefit to humanity.”

Toni Morrison, 1993, “who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality.”

Wislawa Szymborska, 1996, “for poetry that with ironic precision allows the historical and biological context to come to light in fragments of human reality.”

This excerpt is from The Book of Awesome Women by Becca Anderson, which is available now through Amazon and Mango Media.

The Book of awesome women writers

Medieval Mystics, Pioneering Poets, Fierce Feminists and First Ladies of Literature (Feminist Book, Gift for Women, Gift for Writers)

This one-of-a-kind tome takes a tour with Sylvia Beach and other booksellers as well as librarians, editors, writers, bibliophiles, and celebrated book clubs. Join women’s studies scholar Anders as she takes you on a ribald ride through the pages of history. Chapter titles include “Prolific Pens” (including Joyce Carol Oates, author of over 100 books), “Mystics, Memoirists and Madwomen”, “Salons and Neosalons”, “Ink in Their Veins” (literary dynasties), and the titillating “Banned, Blacklisted, and Arrested.”

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