Nobel Prize for Literature cancelled over sex…

Nobel Prize in jeopardy over sex scandal

Nobel Prize in jeopardy over sex scandal

The committee charged with awarding the Nobel Prize in Literature announced Friday that the 2018 prize award would be postponed until 2019 and awarded "in parallel with the naming of the 2019 laureate". "None of this impacts the awarding of the 2018 Nobel Prizes in other prize categories", he added. The Swedish Academy that selects the laureate took the big decision as it found itself engulfed in a sexual scandal that shattered its credibility.

The foundation said in a statement the intention was to award the 2018 prize next year, along with that year's prize. The man, it emerged, was Jean-Claude Arnault, a French photographer, whose wife, the poet Katarina Frostenson, is a member of the academy; together, they own and operate Forum, a prestigious cultural club in Stockholm that received funding from the academy.

Several of the alleged incidents reportedly happened in properties belonging to the academy. Arnault has denied all of the allegations made against him. When its permanent secretary Sara Danius ordered a probe, she was eased out of her position, which triggered a fresh round of anger.

"The Swedish Academy has made a decision to postpone the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature, with the intention of awarding it in 2019..."

Internal disagreements in the Academy have led to the resignation of a number of Academy members.

The academy's statutes require a quorum of 12 to vote in any new members. King Carl XVI Gustaf, the body's patron, who had earlier suggested changes after members began to leave -said the decision "shows that the Academy now intends to focus on the restoration of its reputation".

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The Nobel Foundations board has also gone on to say that, 'The confidence of the academy following this scandal has been seriously damaged.

Recently, the academy has been dealing with increasing pressure due to the allegations of sexual transgression of the husband of one its board members.

Literature has been awarded annually since 1901, save for six years during the two world wars and 1935.

"In coming weeks, the Academy aims to produce a plan to reestablish public confidence, and eventually return to fertile cooperation among a complete roster of active members". That is why it is so important that the Academy now works tirelessly to restore confidence.

It will be only the eighth time in the award's 117-year history that no victor has been named.

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