The dramatic move came after allegations that Jean-Claude Arnault, the husband of a Swedish Academy member, had sexually assaulted or harassed 18 women.
2018’s Nobel Prize in literature ends with a cliffhanger.
The Swedish Academy won’t name a literature laureate this year due to conflict arising from a sex-abuse scandal, the awarding panel announced Friday. The Academy — reportedly marking its first year since WWII not giving out the award — will instead push the prize to 2019, when it will dole out two.
“One of the circumstances that may justify an exception is when a situation in a prize-awarding institution arises that is so serious that a prize decision will not be perceived as credible,” Nobel Foundation board chairman Carl-Henrik Heldin said in a statement. “The crisis in the Swedish Academy has adversely affected the Nobel Prize. Their decision underscores the seriousness of the situation and will help safeguard the long-term reputation of the Nobel Prize.”