Nobel prize in literature 2018 cancelled after sexual assault scandal

Decision follows string of sexual assault allegations made against husband of former member of the Swedish Academy

The Swedish Academy, which has become mired in controversy over its links to a man accused of sexual assault, announced on Friday morning that there would be no Nobel laureate for literature selected in 2018, as it attempts to come to terms with the unprecedented fallout.

For the first time in 75 years, the secretive jury that hands out the world’s most prestigious literary award will not unveil a winner this autumn, instead revealing two winners in 2019. The decision, announced at 9am Swedish time following a meeting on Thursday, comes after a string of sexual assault allegations made against the French photographer Jean-Claude Arnault, the husband of academy member and poet Katarina Frostenson.

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