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Nobel non-laureates, non-male

Description: To date, only twelve women have won the Nobel Prize for literature. This list is for those who should have, but didn't. To qualify, an author should be dead, female, and not have won the literature prize. Please add the "most representative" book by the author you want to nominate; if there's already one of her works here, vote for it.

Members: 8 participating members (show all)

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1
15,485 members, 238 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: Limelite (1), Dilara86 (1), thorold (1)

Score: 12

Explanations:

thorold (1): Apart from being one of the best and most original prose stylists writing in English in the 20th century, Woolf was also one of the founders of feminist criticism.… (more)

2
3,034 members, 84 reviews
3.93 stars (3.93 stars)

Lists: thorold (2), ahef1963 (3)

Score: 6.4

Explanations:

ahef1963 (3): I agree with this entirely; Murdoch is wonderful, and this book is my favourite by her.

3
936 members, 21 reviews
4.13 stars (4.13 stars)

Lists: KayCliff (1), thorold (9)

Score: 6.31

4
857 members, 10 reviews
4.35 stars (4.35 stars)

Lists: banjo123 (1), thorold (13)

Score: 6.11

5
34,860 members, 1,007 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (1), KayCliff (2)

Thumbs down: thorold

Score: 5.36

Explanations:

thorold (0): Completely agree that she should win, but she's still alive (I trust), so it could still happen

ahef1963 (1): My favourite work by her.

6
607 members, 12 reviews
3.99 stars (3.99 stars)

Lists: inge87 (4), thorold (7)

Score: 5.29

7
24,021 members, 419 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (4), thorold (8)

Score: 5.21

8
69 members, 1 review
3.73 stars (3.73 stars)

Lists: inge87 (3), thorold (24)

Score: 4.85

9
262 members, 11 reviews
3.7 stars (3.7 stars)

Lists: bluepiano (1)

Score: 4

Explanations:

bluepiano (1): Perhaps not the most obvious choice of book given that she's often thought of as a nouveau roman writer, but this is my favourite so far.--I can't help thinking that she must have been considered for the prize more than once.… (more)

10
173 members, 4 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: inge87 (1)

Score: 4

11
2,263 members, 87 reviews
3.51 stars (3.51 stars)

Lists: inge87 (2)

Score: 3.36

12
1,683 members, 42 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: thorold (3)

Score: 3.04

13
587 members, 1 review
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

Lists: thorold (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

thorold (4): Now seen as one of the great poets of the century: The suppression of her work under Stalin meant that she only received international recognition shortly before her death… (more)

14
564 members, 8 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: thorold (5)

Score: 2.68

Explanations:

thorold (5): As a left-wing Austrian poet, Bachmann probably would have stood a good chance if she hadn't died so young.

15
808 members, 37 reviews
4.04 stars (4.04 stars)

Lists: thorold (6)

Score: 2.56

16
2,309 members, 40 reviews
3.59 stars (3.59 stars)

Lists: thorold (10)

Score: 2.25

17
323 members, 7 reviews
3.27 stars (3.27 stars)

Lists: thorold (11)

Score: 2.2

18
539 members, 12 reviews
3.34 stars (3.34 stars)

Lists: thorold (12)

Score: 2.15

19
9 members, 1 review
3.25 stars (3.25 stars)

Lists: thorold (14)

Score: 2.07

Explanations:

thorold (14): The first woman to be nominated, in 1901

20
4,013 members, 27 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)

Lists: thorold (15)

Score: 2.03

Explanations:

thorold (15): Nominated in 1961 when Andric won

21
6 members, 0 reviews

Lists: thorold (16)

Score: 2

Explanations:

thorold (16): Nominated in 1911

22
53 members, 1 review
3.32 stars (3.32 stars)

Lists: thorold (17)

Score: 1.97

Explanations:

thorold (17): Nominated in 1911

23
15 members, 0 reviews

Lists: thorold (18)

Score: 1.94

Explanations:

thorold (18): Nominated in 1921

24
47 members, 0 reviews
4.5 stars (4.5 stars)

Lists: thorold (19)

Score: 1.92

Explanations:

thorold (19): Nominated in 1931

25
1 member, 0 reviews

Lists: thorold (20)

Score: 1.89

Explanations:

thorold (20): Nominated in 1941

26
190 members, 3 reviews
3.48 stars (3.48 stars)

Lists: thorold (21)

Score: 1.87

Explanations:

thorold (21): Nominated in 1951

27
1,000 members, 16 reviews
3.71 stars (3.71 stars)

Lists: thorold (22)

Score: 1.85

Explanations:

thorold (22): Nominated in 1961

28
25 members, 0 reviews
5 stars (5 stars)

Lists: thorold (23)

Score: 1.83

Explanations:

thorold (23): Nominated in 1961 (despite her conspicuous links with National Socialism)

29
1,241 members, 36 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: thorold (25)

Score: 1.79

Explanations:

thorold (25): Probably died too young to stand a real chance, but would have been the first New Zealander...

30
11,909 members, 419 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: ahef1963 (2)

Thumbs down: thorold

Score: 1.36

Explanations:

thorold (0): Still alive

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Started by: thorold (July 2015)

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