The Theatre: Playwright of 1934

Between 1901 and 1933 the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded 31 times. Italy was honoured twice,* playwrights seven times.* Each of these categories was upped one day last week when the Swedish Academy singled out Italian Playwright Luigi Pirandello to receive $41,318 of the late, dynamite-making Alfred Bernhard Nobel's money and the distinction of being Literary Man of 1934.

To qualify for the Nobel prize a writer needs an international reputation, a large body of work and a grey frost of years. It also helps if his country has not received an award...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!