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1947 Nobel laureate #Andre #Gide, at work and in a portrait by LIFE's Yale Joel. [Yale Joel/Time&Life/Getty Images]

1947 Nobel laureate #Andre #Gide, at work and in a portrait by LIFE's Yale Joel. [Yale Joel/Time&Life/Getty Images]

André Gide, 1927. Photo by Berenice Abbott. André Paul Guillaume Gide was a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1947. Gide's career ranged from its beginnings in the symbolist movement, to the advent of anticolonialism between the two World Wars.

André Gide, 1927. Photo by Berenice Abbott. André Paul Guillaume Gide was a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1947. Gide's career ranged from its beginnings in the symbolist movement, to the advent of anticolonialism between the two World Wars.

Luigi Pirandello (June 28, 1867 - December 10, 1936) Italian stagewriter (won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1934).http://classicalnovels.blogspot.com/p/noble-prize_7489.html

Luigi Pirandello (June 28, 1867 - December 10, 1936) Italian stagewriter (won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1934).http://classicalnovels.blogspot.com/p/noble-prize_7489.html

Virginia Woolf.

Virginia Woolf.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 – 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. A literary celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson now ranks among the 26 most translated authors in the world.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 – 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. A literary celebrity during his lifetime, Stevenson now ranks among the 26 most translated authors in the world.

H.G.WELLS (Herbert George Wells, 1866-1946) English writer, largely known for his works of science fiction.

H.G.WELLS (Herbert George Wells, 1866-1946) English writer, largely known for his works of science fiction.

Hermann Hesse - Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha

Hermann Hesse - Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha

Victor-Marie Hugo (1802-1885) was a French poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, visual artist, statesman, human rights activist and exponent of the Romantic movement in France. Best known works are the novels Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame,

Victor-Marie Hugo (1802-1885) was a French poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, visual artist, statesman, human rights activist and exponent of the Romantic movement in France. Best known works are the novels Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame,

Baroness Karen Blixen, better known as Isak Dinesen, author of Out of Africa (1937). Photo: Leon Herschtritt.

Baroness Karen Blixen, better known as Isak Dinesen, author of Out of Africa (1937). Photo: Leon Herschtritt.

William Shakespeare (Baptism April 26,1564; died April 23,1616) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language, and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He enjoyed the Royal patronage of Elizabeth I. Painting now purported to be of Master William Shakespeare, known as the 'Cobbe portrait'.

William Shakespeare (Baptism April 26,1564; died April 23,1616) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language, and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He enjoyed the Royal patronage of Elizabeth I. Painting now purported to be of Master William Shakespeare, known as the 'Cobbe portrait'.

André Gide was a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1947.

André Gide was a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1947.

Andre Gide by Gisele Freund "Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it." -- Andre Gide

Andre Gide by Gisele Freund "Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it." -- Andre Gide