The Irrelevance of the Nobel Prize in Literature

Whose writing has been more widely read? Whose writings have had a greater beneficial effect on people around the world? Whose writing is “too isolated, too insular,” in the phrase of Horace Engdahl, slanderer of American writers and the permanent secretary of the Nobel prize jury for literature? 

A) Paul Krugman, this year’s winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics. Or: 

B) Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, this year’s winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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