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Is America 'Too Insular' For A Literary Nobel?

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Horace Engdahl, a Nobel Prize official, commented on Wednesday that the United States is "too isolated" and "too insular" to generate literary Nobel laureates. He said Europe remains the "center of the literary world."


Adam Kirsh, poet, book critic for the New York Sun; author of the article, "Nobel Gas" published on

Liesl Schillinger, regular contributer to The New York Times Book Review

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