An A.P. report today tells of the mischievous Horace Engdahl, the Swedish Academy’s Permanent Secretary for the Nobel Prize (the most prestigious award in literature!). Selections follow:
Speaking generally about American literature, [Engdahl] said U.S. writers are ''too sensitive to trends in their own mass culture,'' dragging down the quality of their work. Each Nobel Prize includes a $1.3 million purse, a gold medal and a diploma.