Nobel Jury Snubs JRR Tolkien

Well, actually the Nobel jury snub happened fifty years ago,but the despicable story only just surfaced. The Swedish newspaper Sydsvenska Dagbladet recently disclosed the sordid details after snooping in the official Nobel archives in Stockholm. It seems that C.S. Lewis tried to nominate his friend and fellow Oxford don for the Nobel Prize in Literature for 1961, but the jury flatly refused to consider Tolkien slighting him for “poor storytelling”.  In fact, the jury also passed over Graham Greene, Karen Blixen, Robert Frost and E.M. Foster in favor of Yugoslav author Ivo Andric. I know, who the hell was Ivo Andric.

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