The singer and songwriter Bob Dylan, one of the world’s most influential musicians, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature
on Thursday for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” in the words of the Swedish Academy.
He is the first American to win the prize since the novelist Toni Morrison
, in 1993. The announcement, in Stockholm, was a surprise: Although Mr. Dylan, 75, has been mentioned often as having an outside shot at the prize, his work does not fit into the literary canons of novels, poetry and short stories that the prize has traditionally recognized.
“Mr. Dylan’s work remains utterly lacking in conventionality, moral sleight of hand, pop pabulum or sops to his audience,” Bill Wyman, a journalist, wrote in a 2013 Op-Ed essay in The New York Times
arguing for Mr. Dylan to get the award. “His lyricism is exquisite; his concerns and subjects are demonstrably timeless; and few poets of any era have seen their work bear more influence.”...
Nov 3, '16
An aside - One of the employees at our local Post Office (aka a "Postmaster"???) has Bob Dylan tunes playing ALL of the time! He's a fan of Bob Dylan and was elated to find out that his favorite singer won a Nobel Prize. It seems that the Bob Dylan music is playing just a little bit louder now in our local post office. LOL!
I am not as familiar with Bob Dylan as others are. He did write some very well-known and well-liked tunes. He's written tunes that other well-know musicians have made popular. I never did fall in love with his singing style, though. In my mind, he's a writer, not a singer. But he has left a significant mark in the music world.
(Joni Mitchell remains my favorite song writer.)
Last edit by Ted on Nov 3, '16