Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize for Literature
The Nobel committee surprised a lot of people yesterday by announcing that the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature was being awarded to Robert Zimmerman . . . a.k.a. BOB DYLAN.
According to the Swedish Academy, Dylan won it for, quote, “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” And he’s also the first American to win it since “Beloved” author Toni Morrison in 1993.
In addition to the prestige of winning a Nobel, he gets a cash prize of about $900,000. Dylan hasn’t commented.
The award came as a big surprise because it’s usually given to more traditional writers of novels, poetry, and short stories. And because of that, there’s been some criticism, with people arguing that Dylan’s a musician NOT a poet.
But there has been talk about Dylan being a contender for a Nobel in the past . . . and even if it’s “shocking” that it actually happened, other people say that it IS deserved, because his lyrics ARE poetry . . . even if a lot of the time no one could understand what the heck he was singing.
Salman Rushdie and Stephen King were among the writers who approved of Dylan winning.