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The Victims of Nobel Prizes : H G Wells and Maugham

December 30, 2011  by: Jay  Points: 12   Category: People  Earning $0.20   Views: 1194

Learn why eminent classic writers like H G Wells, Maugham James Joyce and Greene did not receive the Prize. What went wrong? What happened behind the scenes?


Why was it, the all time famous classic writers were denied the Nobel Prize when they truly deserved? Why is it H G Wells, William Somerset Maugham and James Joyce were denied the Prize? Is it because their works are inferior and did not possess literary merits? Is it because they did not produce the most distinguished works of idealistic tendency, which Nobel clearly stipulated as a criterion in his WILL?

If one peeps behind the scene and read between the lines, he will learn that the judges or members of the Selection Committee of the Nobel Prizes are mere mortals filled with high-flying vanities, prejudices, petty rivalries, frailties all mixed up with wisdom, intelligence, honesty, and courage.

Herbert George Wells {1866-1946}
In 1932 HG Wells was a serious candidate and yet he lost to John Galsworthy {1867-1933} who received the Prize for his 'Forsyte Saga'. "HG Wells", says Osterling, "surpassed Galsworthy both in strength of intellect and fertility of imagination." Yet he was denied the Prize because says Hedin, "He was too minor and journalistic."

But these people do not know that Wells was a dreamer who dreamt of flying machines {Time Machine © 1895} long before Wright Brothers came on the scene with their Airplanes, which are in fact, inferior when compared to that of Wells' imaginary 4th dimensional plane.

Hedin again with his shortsightedness delivers his judgment on Maugham as 'Too popular and undistinguished'. And when questioned about James Joyce, he seemed to have remarked, 'Who is he'?

William Somerset Maugham {1874-1965}
And Maugham cannot be too popular and undistinguished at the same time. If he is popular he is distinguished, if he is unpopular he is undistinguished. Maugham truly deserves the Prize for his 'Of Human Bondage'.

Such a soul-stirring classic 'Of Human Bondage' © 1915; a club-footed youth genuinely falling for a beautiful girl and then going beyond his means to give anything in this world to win her. In return, he often finds himself being snubbed by her derisively and ruthlessly exploited suffering humiliation in the process. Yet he takes everything in his stride. And the way this club-footed youth reasons with his soul and justifies his actions and indulgences makes the novel a more moving classic. This is also in a way a semi-autobiography. Truly a masterpiece that is full of literary merit 'Of Human Bondage' that deserved the Prize.

In 1974 too, Graham Greene of England, Vladimir Nabokov of Russia and Saul Bellow of United States were hot contenders for the Prize. But Eyvind Johnson and Harry Martinson both Sweden nationals and unknown authors outside their home country were jointly awarded the Prize. Incidentally, these two authors were Nobel Judges themselves. What an Irony!

The 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature
The 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Tomas Tranströmer of Sweden. The Prize motivation read as "because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality".


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