So who did win the 1961 Nobel Prize in Literature? The prize went to Yugoslavian writer Ivo Andríc. It should be noted here that there seems to be some controversy with his winning. In 1960, French poet Saint-John Perse was granted the prize on the condition that Andríc be awarded the prize the following year. Also Swedish Academy secretary Anders Österling felt strongly about Andric’s writings and thought it would be good to give the prize to a new area of European history.
Famed author JRR Tolkien was once nominated for the 1961 Nobel Prize in Literature. He was one of several well-known writers of the time who did not win the prestigious award.
6) Ivo Andric of former Yugoslavia, the 1961 Nobel Prize in literature winner, is the first recipient of the award for works in the Serbo-Croatian language. He was born in Bosnia to Croat parents and lived most of his life in Belgrade (Serbia).
A secret archive containing the deliberations of jurors who awarded the 1961 Nobel Prize in Literature has been and some material made available for public review. Fans will be pleased to discover J.R.R. Tolkien was considered for the Prize. And annoyed to hear why he was passed over.