How 'Bonanza' and 'Wagon Train' helped the latest winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature

Yes, Bonanza can even help you master the English language.

A new winner has been selected for the Nobel Prize for Literature, and it's Kazuo Ishiguro, author of the wonderful, critically acclaimed novels Never Let Me Go and The Remains of the Day (the latter of which was adapted into an Anthony Hopkins movie).

The Japanese-born writer has lived in England since moving there at the age of 5 in 1960. As NPR notes, Ishiguro has said that watching old TV Westerns like Wagon Train and Bonanza helped him learn and master English. Now the literary world's glad he did, because his words captivate readers the way these Westerns captivated viewers back in the day.

So congratulations to Kazuo Ishiguro. We always looked up to Hoss as a teacher, too.

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