Jean-Paul Sartre refused the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1964.
He explained: “A writer must refuse to allow himself to be transformed into an institution.”
- Who wrote Arsenic and Old Lace? The 1941 Broadway play Arsenic and Old Lace was written by Joseph Kesselring. The 1946 movie adaptation was directed by Frank Capra.
- Who was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction? The first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction was Edith Wharton (1862-1937) in 1921 for The Age of Innocence.
- How many times has Norman Mailer been married? Norman Mailer has been married six times.
- Who received the first Caldecott Medal? The illustrator's counterpart to the Newbery Medal, named for English illustrator Randolph Caldecott, was first awarded in 1938 to Dorothy P. Lathrop for Animals of the Bible.
- Who received the first National Book Award for Fiction? Nelson Algren received the first National Book Award for Fiction in 1950 for The Man with the Golden Arm.
- What musical work plays during the space ballet in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)? Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss was the piece that plays during the space ballet in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).