Posted on 05/28/2018 at 02:00 PM by Jeffrey Bruner

The Nobel Prize for literature, delayed after a sexual abuse and harassment scandal, had indicated earlier this month that it would announce its prizes for 2018 and 2019 next year.

Now that's in doubt.

Lars Heikensten, director of the Nobel Foundation, told the Swedish broadcaster Sveriges Radio on Saturday that the prize “will be awarded when the Swedish Academy has won back the public’s trust — and that means there is no deadline for 2019.”

Heikensten also urged the the 10 remaining active members in the academy to consider resigning. “I think everyone needs to think about whether they are good for the Swedish Academy and the Nobel Prize and whether they will be good for the academy in the future, or is it better to step down.”

This was the first time the literature prize has been postponed since 1940-43, during World War II.

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