Originally Posted by HarryT
In what way was Doris Lessing's Nobel prize "politically motivated"?
I'm not saying all Laureates are decided on the basis of 'political' considerations, just enough over the years to cast a shadow over their credibility - in Lessing's case I think being female helped her cause, since there's a lot of lobbying to close the gender gap.
And also, it isn't just about who got the award - but also who didn't.
The list of lesser writers who've won, and the great writers who haven't, is bewildering.