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Aug 6 2012, 06:08 AM
Aug 6 2012, 05:06 AM
Aug 6 2012, 04:56 AM
The Academy have all but said that Oates won't get it
What did they say?
Can't find the quote right now, but there was a comment from Engdahl a couple of years ago that as far as he was concerned, Oates didn't "need" the prize. Which I actually agree with (ETA: And is also one of the main reasons I don't want Roth to get it; he's not necessarily undeserving if you go by his greatest hits, but what are Oates and Roth supposed to do with a Nobel besides add it to the pile?)

Didion? She's pretty popular over here, but I honestly don't know what her status is in the US.
1) Roth apparently also keeps lobbying the academy, which doesn't sit well with them and

2) Didion is a major essayist, probably (correct me folks) the major living American writer of general journalistic essays. her essays and novels have just been collected in handsome volumes in the everyman library thingie.
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