Books by Winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature

The Nobel Prize for Literature is given for a body of work, not one specific title. The books chosen for this list are noted works by Nobel winners and reflect the variety of types of writing considered for the award. These include: novels, plays, poetry, essays, speeches, short stories, historical narratives, and philosophic writings. At the end of each title annotation, the year its author won the Nobel Prize is included in parentheses.

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Being and Nothingness
Artist/Author/Cast:
Sartre, Jean-Paul; Barnes, Hazel E. (Introduction by, Translator)
Call Number:
111 S2516b 1992
Description:

The often criticized philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre encompasses the dilemmas and aspirations of the individual in contemporary society. (1964)

The Cairo Trilogy: Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, Sugar Street
Artist/Author/Cast:
Mahfouz, Naguib; Said, Edward W. (Introduction by)
Call Number:
F Mahfuz
Description:

Mahfouz's epic trilogy is combined here in one volume. It presents the story of three generations of a Muslim family in British-occupied Egypt. (1988)

The Conservationist
Artist/Author/Cast:
Gordimer, Nadine; Gordimer, Nadine
Call Number:
F Gordimer
Description:

Mehring is a rich, South African man, successful in his work, but very poor when it comes to the people in his life. (1974)

Death Etc
Artist/Author/Cast:
Pinter, Harold
Call Number:
null
Description:

Plays and political writings are included in this compilation written by political activist Harold Pinter who takes a stand against terrorism and war. (2005)

Doctor Zhivago
Artist/Author/Cast:
Pasternak, Boris; Pevear, Richard (Translator); Volokhonsky, Larissa (Translator)
Call Number:
F Pasternak
Description:

Banned in the Soviet Union until 1988, Pasternak's widely known novel about the life and loves of a poet-physician during the Russian revolution remains a classic today. (1958)

Enemies: A Love Story
Artist/Author/Cast:
Singer, Isaac Bashevis
Call Number:
F Singer
Description:

Herman Broder, refugee and survivor of World War II, muddles through life in New York with three wives. (1978)

The Good Earth
Artist/Author/Cast:
Buck, Pearl S.
Call Number:
F Buck
Description:

This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of China tells the story of farmer Wang Lung and his wife Olan as they struggle to live off the land and endure as a couple. (1938)

The Good Terrorist
Artist/Author/Cast:
Lessing, Doris
Call Number:
F Lessing
Description:

Alice Mellings transforms her bourgeois home into a headquarters for a group of radicals who plan to join the IRA. (2007)

The Grapes of Wrath
Artist/Author/Cast:
Steinbeck, John; DeMott, Robert (Contribution by)
Call Number:
F Steinbeck
Description:

Steinbeck depicts the Depression-era Joads, an Oklahoman family forced to move to California following the Dust Bowl. (1962)

The Great Enigma:  New Collected Poems
Artist/Author/Cast:
Fulton, Robin (Translator); Tranströmer, Tomas
Call Number:
839.7174 T7726g 2006
Description:

This is a complete collection of Swedish poet Transtromer's work, featuring his early poems as well as his later verses, all rooted in the natural world. (2011)

History of Western Philosophy
Artist/Author/Cast:
Russell, Bertrand
Call Number:
109 R9614h 1945
Description:

Since its 1945 publication, this work has been considered unparalleled in its comprehensiveness as it traces philosophy from ancient Greece to the 20th century. (1950)

The Hunger Angel: A Novel
Artist/Author/Cast:
Müller, Herta; Boehm, Philip (Translator)
Call Number:
F Muller
Description:

17-year-old Leo Auberg is deported to a labor camp in the Soviet Union where he works relentlessly in the coke processing plant to survive. (2009)

Just So Stories
Artist/Author/Cast:
Kipling, Rudyard (Author, Illustrator)
Call Number:
JF Kipling
Description:

Kipling's menagerie of tales are all included in this volume along with his original illustrations. (1907)

Life and Times of Michael K: A Novel
Artist/Author/Cast:
Coetzee, J. M.
Call Number:
F Coetzee
Description:

Michael K. is left alone in war-torn South Africa. When imprisoned, he escapes, fleeing to find a life of dignity and hope. (1983)

Long Day`s Journey into Night
Call Number:
812.52 O585Lo 1989
Description:

O'Neill's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, considered his finest work, tells the story of a family of four disturbed individuals. (1936)

Lord of the Flies
Artist/Author/Cast:
Golding, William; Forster, E. M. (Introduction by)
Call Number:
F Golding
Description:

This modern classic tells the story of what happens when plane-wrecked boys compete against each other to survive. (1983)

The Museum of Innocence
Artist/Author/Cast:
Pamuk, Orhan; Freely, Maureen (Translator)
Call Number:
F Pamuk
Description:

Istanbul's cultural clash between the past and the present sets the scene for this novel about Kemal, torn between the life he knows and the woman he loves. (2006)

Never Give In!: The Best of Winston Churchill`s Speeches
Artist/Author/Cast:
Churchill, Winston S.
Call Number:
941.084092 C5638n 2003
Description:

Winston Churchill was the most eloquent and expressive statesman of his time. This volume contains his grandson's selection of favorite speeches. (1953)

Old Possum`s Book of Practical Cats
Artist/Author/Cast:
Eliot, T. S.; Gorey, Edward (Illustrator)
Call Number:
821.912 E425o 1982
Description:

Eliot's famous collection of nonsense verse about cats is the inspiration for Lloyd Webber's Broadway musical, "Cats." (1948)

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Artist/Author/Cast:
Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr; Yevtushenko, Yevgeny (Introduction by); Bogosian, Eric (Afterword by)
Call Number:
F Solzhenitsyn
Description:

This novel portrays a graphic picture of Russian work camp life while paying tribute to man's will to prevail. (1970)

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