Thursday 13 October 2016

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2016: Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan
Ill: N. Elmehed. © Nobel Media AB 2016
The Permanent Secretary of Svenska Akademien (Swedish Academy) has issued the following statement:
The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2016 is awarded to Bob Dylan
"for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition".

A biography/bibliography, also posted to the official website of the Nobel Prize, says that Bob Dylan was born on May 24, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota, USA and developed a 'particular passion' for American folk music and blues during his youth. "One of his idols was the folk singer Woody Guthrie. He was also influenced by the early authors of the Beat Generation, as well as by modernist poets."

His vast artistic output is noted, including albums, films and experimental work like Tarantula (1971) and the collection Writings and Drawings (1973). His 2004 autobiography, Chronicles, is also cited for depicting "memories from the early years in New York and which provides glimpses of his life at the center of popular culture."

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