Joyce Carol Oates: Gloriously prolific, Oates' work ranges from poetry to personal essays to novels. She has worked at a furious pace, churning out nearly a book a year, but the quality has not suffered. "The Falls," "them" and "Wonderland" have been critical and commercial hits, but being popular doesn't count for much with that pesky Nobel committee.
Mo Yan's win means Thomas Pynchon, Alice Munro and Don DeLillo are once again left out in the cold.
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