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Women Nobel Prize Winners for Literature

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Wislawa Szymborska (1996)


Although highly acclaimed in her homeland, Polish writer Szymborska was largely unknown in the West until she won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996. Szymborska, who often emphasizes the uniqueness of the individual, has been called an ironic moralist. Her verse is deceptively simple; her language colloquial, precise, and contained; and her tone detached and dryly sardonic.

Fun Fact: She wrote Dlatego zjemy [That's Why We Are Alive] (1952) and Pytania zadawane sobie [Questions Put to Myself] (1954) under Stalinist pressure, and has since repudiated them.

Source: Columbia Encyclopedia. Photo: Michal Kobylinski.

Next: Elfriede Jelinek (2004)

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