The Nobel changes things in different ways. For one thing, you feel
that you have more authority, and if the Academy was mistaken in
giving you the prize, you try to make the best of it, and recover
your balance and your normal pose and not feel oppressed by the
weight of this honor. I don't intend to let this laurel wreath of
heavy metal sink me. I'm treading water very successfully, thank you.
I know people like John Steinbeck thought it was the kiss of death,
but I've decided to choose my own death kiss. No one's going to
lay it on me.
(Quoted in Michiko Kakutani's "The Poet at the Piano: Portraits of Writers,
Filmmakers, Playwrights, and Other Artists at Work.")