Swedish Academy in crisis over claims of abuse and misconduct by husband of member

The body that awards the Nobel literature prize is in crisis following a string of resignations over a growing scandal of alleged sexual abuse and other misconduct involving the husband of one of its members.

Amid mounting public anger and division, the normally discreet Swedish Academy appointed a new head on Friday after Sara Danius, the first woman to hold the post since its foundation in 1786, stepped aside following an emergency three-hour meeting in Stockholm on Thursday night.

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