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January 06, 2012

Everything you need to know about the Nobel

New documents have revealed JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings was criticised by the Nobel prize jury of 1961 for its "poor prose and bad story-telling."

Jury members were also not impressed by other well-known authors including EM Forster, Graham Greene, Robert Frost - deemed too old at 86 according to the documents - and Lawrence Durrell, who was said to have an unpleasant 'preoccupation with erotic complications'.

Judges eventually named Ivo Andric, a Yugoslavian writer whose writings were inspired by the folklore of his native Bosnia, as the winner.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 6, 2012 08:54 AM