French philosopher-writer Jacques Derrida was also seen as a possible winner of the 10-million-kronor $1.37 million prize.
“He is one of the biggest names in post-structuralism,” Thente said. “And Academy secretary Horace Engdahl and member Katarina Frostenson are known to be big fans of his.”
As much as I enjoy the intellectual games of criticism, I would be pretty horrified if they actually did that. The article talks at the end about the betting odds on different writers, which reminds me of the “market-pricing” approaches to determining who will win the presidential election.