As several people have pointed out, the folks who concoct Nobel Prize for Literature odds most likely haven't done much reading.
Seamus Heaney was the lyrical Virgilian guide for a bewildered Irish generation.
Richard Dawkins, the famous atheist and troublemaker, has caused quite a stir with something he tweeted (and subsequently deleted) last week. "All the world’s Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge," he wrote. "They did great things in the Middle Ages, though." The uproar was loud and quick: Dawkins was pilloried by journalists and commentators, particularly in his native United Kingdom.