Jean-Paul Sartre explained his refusal to accept the Nobel Prize for Literature in a statement made to the Swedish Press on October 22 – which appeared in Le Monde in a French translation approved by Sartre.
(ed:..this puts bob dylan refusing to jump up and down with/in joy at being awarded his one into some context..)
I deeply regret the fact that the incident has become something of a scandal: a prize was awarded and I refused it.
It happened entirely because I was not informed soon enough of what was under way.
When I read in the October 15 Figaro littéraire in the Swedish correspondent’s column that the choice of the Swedish Academy was tending toward me but that it had not yet been determined – I supposed that by writing a letter to the Academy which I sent off the following day I could make matters clear and that there would be no further discussion.
I was not aware at the time that the Nobel Prize is awarded without consulting the opinion of the recipient and I believed there was time to prevent this from happening.
(ed:..i think we can conclude that neither sartre nor dylan lobbied for their nobels..eh..?..)