Friday 21 October 2016

Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize in literature

Published 13/10/2016 | 12:38

Bob Dylan is the winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature (AP)
Bob Dylan is the winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature (AP)

Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature.

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The Swedish Academy cited him for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition".

Those gathered for the announcement at the academy's headquarters in Stockholm's Old Town reacted with a loud cheer as his name was read out.

Dylan had been mentioned in Nobel speculation for years but few experts expected the academy to extend the prestigious award to a genre such as popular music.

The academy's permanent secretary, Sara Danius, said that while Dylan performs his poetry in the form of songs it is no different from the ancient Greeks, whose works were often performed to music.

"Bob Dylan writes poetry for the ear," she said. "But it's perfectly fine to read his works as poetry."

Dylan was born on May 24 1941, in Duluth, Minnesota and grew up in a Jewish middle-class family.

He is the first American winner of the Nobel literature prize since Toni Morrison in 1992.

By his early 20s, he had taken the folk music world by storm. Blowin' In The Wind and The Times They Are A-Changin became anthems for the anti-war and civil rights movements of the 1960s.

Dylan was also awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for his contributions to music and American culture.

The literature award was the last of this year's Nobel Prizes to be announced.

The six awards will be handed out on December 10, the anniversary of prize founder Alfred Nobel's death in 1896.

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