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All You Belletristic Bookies, Who Will Win This Year's Nobel Prize In Literature?

Does this man deserve the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature?
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Does this man deserve the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature?

On Thursday, the Swedish Academy will award the Nobel Prize in Literature. The new laureate will get a handsome medal, an invitation to deliver a lecture, and a nice chunk of change.

Ahead of the announcement, there is plenty of speculation about who deserves the award.

The New Yorker's Ian Crouch notes that, "for gamblers with a literary bent, it's a most exciting time of the year."

Ladbrokes, "one of the world's leading betting and gaming enterprises," has the odds. Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer has the best odds: 4/1. The worst? Bob Dylan (150/1).

"Could this be a big year for the hometown favorite?" Crouch asks. "Probably not."

Herta Muller, last year’s winner, was given 50/1 odds, while the 2008 winner, Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, was 14/1 on that year’s board. The Nobel’s picks in literature are often quirky; Ladbrokes might get killed if more punters cared about such things.

What's your pick? (No betting required.)

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David Gura
Based in New York, David Gura is a correspondent on NPR's business desk. His stories are broadcast on NPR's newsmagazines, All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend Edition, and he regularly guest hosts 1A, a co-production of NPR and WAMU.

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