The Nobel Prize is an award surrounded by endless controversy. In the early years, the Literature prize was awarded interpreting Alfred Nobel’s words to mean ‘Writers who were advocating a lofty idealism’. This meant that some people did not fit the bill in their lifetime. They have since changed their interpretation of Nobel’s words to mean ‘Works of lasting literary merit’. With this changed interpretation these people would likely have won, if the prize could be awarded posthumously. In this we look back and celebrate those who after death, are most deserving of a Nobel Prize in Literature.