- Title: Former head of scandal-hit Swedish Academy dies of cancer
- Date: 12th October 2019
- Summary: STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (FILE - OCTOBER 5, 2017) (REUTERS) DANIUS ENTERING NEWS CONFERENCE ROOM DANIUS BEING INTERVIEWED BY MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (English) PERMANENT SECRETARY OF THE ROYAL ACADEMY, SARA DANIUS, SAYING: "The Nobel Prize in literature 2017 is awarded to the English writer Kazuo Ishiguro." STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (FILE - OCTOBER 13, 2016) (REUTERS) DANIUS ENTERING CONFERENCE ROOM VARIOUS OF EXTERIOR OF SWEDISH ACADEMY BUILDING
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- Keywords: Sara Danius dies age 57 Sara Danius first female permanent secretary of The Swedish Academy dies age 57 Nobel Literature prize
- Location: STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
- City: STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
- Country: Sweden
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment
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- Story Text: Sara Danius, the former head of the scandal-tainted committee which awards the Nobel Prize in Literature, has died of cancer, Swedish news agency TT said on Saturday (October 12).
Danius led the Swedish Academy - the first woman to do so - between 2015 and 2018 and was at the helm during the scandal that led to the husband of another member of the elite cultural association being convicted of rape and imprisoned.
He was also accused of leaking the names of previous winners of the world's most prestigious literary award, plunging the Academy into its biggest crisis since it was founded by King Gustav III more than 200 years ago.
A public slanging match over the allegations and how they were handled led the Nobel Foundation, which administers the prizes, threaten to cut ties with the Academy and the postponement of the 2018 award.
Danius, Professor of Literature at Stockholm university, resigned from her post in April 2018 after criticism of her handling of the crisis. She left the Academy in February this year.
The Academy awarded two prizes this week, with the postponed 2018 award going to Polish author Olga Tokarczuk. The 2019 prize was given to Austrian writer Peter Handke.
Handke's award has sparked a backlash over his support for late Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, who led his country during the Balkan Wars of the 1990s.
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