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Nobel Literature Prize to Be Awarded Amid Controversy

The Swedish Academy announces the 2005 Nobel Prize in Literature Thursday as members of the institution face a dispute over last year's choice.

The panel announced the date for this year's award Tuesday, the same day academy member Knut Ahnlund stepped down after criticizing the writing of last year's winner, Elfriede Jelinek. Her work includes frank descriptions of sexuality and conflict between men and women. Mr. Ahnlund said that selection irreparably damaged the award's reputation.

But academy head Horace Engdahl dismissed the criticism and said Mr. Ahnlund has not taken part in the award discussions since 1996.

On Monday, American Thomas Schelling and Israeli-American Robert Aumann won the 2005 Nobel Prize in Economics for their work in understanding conflict and cooperation.

Some information for this report provided by AP.