Critically Acclaimed Authors Who Never Win Prizes

This week marks the release of Anita Desai’s newest book, The Artist of Disappearance, a set of three beautiful novellas revolving around the shifting tides of Indian culture in past and present. We love Desai’s work, and we know critics love her too — but we noticed that, somehow, she is continually overlooked when it comes to major prizes. Always the bridesmaid and never the bride, as it were, she has been shortlisted three times for the Booker Prize without yet snapping up a win. Perplexed, we decided to take a look at other authors who have been robbed of prizes that we (and often, hordes of fans) think should be rightfully theirs. Click through to read our list of critically acclaimed authors who never win prizes — or never win that one particular prize — and let us know who else you think has been totally shafted in the comments.

Anita Desai

The wonderful Anita Desai is one of the few writers to have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times without ever actually winning it. From what we can see, frequent shortlisters usually end up with the prize at some point, but in our opinion, Desai has been robbed up until this point, and we’re anxiously for her much-deserved Booker waiting. Here’s hoping that The Artist Of Disappearance is our winner!