William Faulkner is Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature

for his powerful and artistically unique contribution to the modern American novel.”

— Nobel Foundation

When Faulkner visited Stockholm in December 1950 to receive the Nobel Prize, he met Else Jonsson (1912-1996) and they had an affair that lasted until the end of 1953. Else was the widow of journalist Thorsten Jonsson (1910-1950), reporter for Dagens Nyheter in New York 1943-1946, who had interviewed Faulkner in 1946 and introduced his works to the Swedish readers. At the banquet in 1950 where they met, publisher Tor Bonnier referred to Else as widow of the man responsible for Faulkner being awarded the Prize.