Stella Dimoko Bob Dylan Awarded 2016 Nobel Prize in literature


Friday, 14 October 2016

Bob Dylan Awarded 2016 Nobel Prize in literature

Bob Dylan, the poet laureate of the rock era, whose body of work has influenced generations of songwriters and been densely analyzed by fans, critics and academics, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday.

It is the first time the honor has gone to a musician. In its citation, the Swedish Academy credited Mr. Dylan with “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”

The choice of Mr. Dylan for the world’s top literary honor came as something of a surprise and was widely viewed as an expansion of the academy’s traditional notions of art. Mr. Dylan, 75, joins a pantheon that includes T. S. Eliot, Gabriel García Márquez, Samuel Beckett and Toni Morrison — the last American to claim the award, in 1993.

“The old categories of high and low art, they’ve been collapsing for a long time,” said David Hajdu, a music critic for The Nation who has written extensively about Mr. Dylan and his contemporaries, ”but this is it being made official.”

In choosing a popular musician for one of the most coveted prizes in the literary world, the Swedish Academy dramatically redefined the boundaries of literature, setting off a debate about whether song lyrics have the same artistic value as poetry or novels.

nytimes reportage


white Berry said...

Congratulations to him he so deserve it.

Port Harcourt's Finest said...

Thank God it's Friday. Yay!!!! What a hectic week this has been.

Congrats Mr. Dylan!

Anonymous said...

Congrats Dylan ....missylynn

Bee10 said...

Nice and congrats

KARMAisabitch said...

His lyrics are pure poetry.The W.B Yeats kinda poetry.Blood on the tracks is awesome,I think.

I guess they are starting to recognize other fields.Maybe one day,they will recognize the benevolence of prostitutes and award them for selfless services to mankind.

Dauntless Cersei said... your open mindedness. You are also well read👍

Anonymous said...

Loool at recognising the benevolence of prostitutes😂😭

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