Apparently, American authors don't have what it takes anymore. At least not according to the head of the Nobel Literature award jury, Horace Engdahl:
To be fair though, he also voiced an opinion with which I somewhat agree:"Of course there is powerful literature in all big cultures, but you can't get away from the fact that Europe still is the center of the literary world ... not the United States," he told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview Tuesday.
Speaking generally about American literature, however, he said U.S. writers are "too sensitive to trends in their own mass culture," dragging down the quality of their work.Poor ol' Horace. He sure is taking some heat today: Read the full article.
Maybe he's just bitter because his parents named him Horace? Hey, anything's possible.