Folk icon Bob Dylan has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in a move that permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, Sara Danius, said was not “a difficult decision,” she said, comparing the songs of the American songwriter to the works of Homer and Sappho. From The Guardian:
For more than six decades he has remained a mythical force in music, his gravelly voice and poetic lyrics musing over war, heartbreak, betrayal, death and moral faithlessness in songs that brought beauty to life’s greatest tragedies.
But Bob Dylan’s place as one of the world’s greatest artistic figures was elevated further on Thursday when he was named the surprise winner of the Nobel prize in literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.
The full story is… well everywhere. But also here.
And the literary world isn’t universally happy with Dylan in this role. More on that here.