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Sigrid Undset (1882-1949) is one of three Norwegian authors to have received the Nobel Prize for Literature. Undset received the Prize in 1928, for her powerful description of life during the Middle Ages in her two extensive serial novels set against the background of medieval Norway in the 13th century, the 3-volume Kristin Lavransdatter, and the 4-volume Olav Audunssønn. New translations by Tiina Nunnally have given readers a fresh look at Undset's literary gift.

Katherine Anne Porter (1890 - 1980) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, essayist, short story writer, novelist, and political activist

Clarice Lispector (December 10, 1920 – December 9, 1977) was a Brazilian writer who has been described as the most important Jewish writer since Franz Kafka.

John Galsworthy OM (14 Aug 1867–31 Jan 1933), English novelist and playwright. Notable works include The Forsyte Saga (1906–1921) and its sequels, A Modern Comedy and End of the Chapter. Through his writings he campaigned for a variety of causes, including prison reform, women's rights, animal welfare, and the opposition of censorship. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1932.

P.D. James began writing later in life than many authors and has surpassed most authors in every way. Not only is she meticulous and attentive to detail, she brews wonderful mysteries that linger in the mind.