Thursday, October 23, 2008

Nobel Nicknames

The Telegraph reports that the reputations of the judges for the Nobel Prize in literature have "suffered a blow" in light of the judges' practice of assigning "juvenile codenames" to the authors during prize deliberations. Here are a few of the codenames used over the years:
  • "Little Dorrit" for the author Doris Lessing
  • "Harry Potter" for the playwright Harold Pinter
  • "Chateaubriand" for the author Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio

Apparently, even with codenames, the secrecy of the deliberations isn't ensured. See my post about the suspected leak of the identity of the winner this year.

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