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Friday, 9 October 2020

Want to Win the Nobel Prize for Literature? Use a Typewriter

Four of the Nobel Prize for Literature winners in the past 10 years have been known to use typewriters:


Louise Glück

(United States)

"for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal."

Poetry, essay


Peter Handke


"for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience."

Novel, short story, drama


Bob Dylan

(United States)

"for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition"

Poetry, songwriting


Mario Vargas Llosa


"for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual's resistance, revolt, and defeat"

Novel, short story, essay, drama, memoirs


Richard P said...

More good photos for my site!

Do you know what those electrics are that Vargas Llosa and Glück are using?

Bill M said...

Great photos of the winners and their typewriters.

SteveK said...

The "Vargas Llosa" is easily identifiable as a Triumph-Adler SE-1000 CD golf-ball Selectric clone. The "Glück" is a bit more difficult to identify, but it does resemble a Silver Reed 25CE-II (another Selectric clone)?

Richard P said...

Thanks, Steve!!

shordzi said...

Thanks Robert! Rare photo of young Handke, as his weapon of choice is the pencil, as far as I know.