AWARDS: Particularly Proud

To Sir Winston Churchill, skilled fashioner of what he once called that "noble thing," the English sentence, last week went literature's biggest crown, the Nobel Prize for literature. Not only his 27 books were taken into account, said the Swedish Academy, but also the "brilliant oratory in which he stood forward as the defender of eternal human values."

At 10 Downing Street, receiving the Swedish ambassador, Sir Winston was almost blushingly delighted. "It is a literary distinction," he said. "I am particularly proud of that."

He grew reminiscent. "I notice that the first Englishman to receive the Nobel Prize was Mr....

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