V. S. Naipaul’s Nobel Prize Speech

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In this video, V. S. Naipaul accepts the 2001 Nobel Prize in Literature and reads his speech at the Nobel Banquet in Stockholm. Described by the Swedish Academy as “a literary circumnavigator,” the prolific author published more than a dozen novels and several nonfiction books. Naipaul died at the age of eighty-five on August 11, 2018.

Love After Love

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“You will love again the stranger who was your self.” Dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson reads Derek Walcott’s poem “Love After Love” from Collected Poems: 1948–1984 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1986) for a tribute to the poet and playwright. Walcott, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992, passed away on March 17, 2017.

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Kenzaburō Ōe

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“I was fascinated by the tales of my grandmother...it was enough for me. I didn’t need any books.” Nobel Prize-winning novelist Kenzaburō Ōe discusses his life and work in an interview with UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler in 1999. His latest novel, Death by Water (Grove Press, 2015), is longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize.

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Doris Lessing

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"You invent whole sections of something and then later some biographer wants to know which is true and what isn't, and you have to sit and think." In this short video produced in 2013, the late Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing shares anecdotes from her life as a writer. Currently, a search is on to appoint a new biographer for Lessing.

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