1st female head of Nobel’s literature award body dies
HELSINKI (AP) — Sara Danius, the first woman to lead the Swedish institution that awards the Nobel Prize in literature, has died at age 57.
Her family told Swedish news agency TT that Danius, a literary scholar, critic and author, passed away early Saturday following a long illness.
Swedish media said she had breast cancer.
Danius was elected to a lifetime position on the Swedish Academy’s board in 2013 and because the body’s first female permanent secretary in 2015. She resigned the position in 2018.
The Stockholm University professor published a book last year about singer-songwriter Bob Dylan after playing a central role in the Swedish Academy’s decision to make him a Nobel laureate in 2016.