Joshua Ferris' To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is on the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize. Ferris and fellow American writer Karen Joy Fowler were named alongside Australian Richard Flanagan and Britons Howard Jacobson, Neel Mukherjee and Ali Smith. Beowulf Sheehan/Courtesy of Little, Brown and Co. hide caption

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T.S. Eliot (1888 - 1965), winner of the 1948 Nobel Prize in Literature Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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