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...

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