But others called the academy's decision misguided and questioned whether songwriting, however brilliant, rises to the level of literature. "Bob Dylan winning a Nobel in Literature is like Mrs Fields being awarded 3 Michelin stars," the novelist Rabih Alameddine wrote on Twitter. "This is almost as silly as Winston Churchill."
The bombshell news from Sweden-Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Prize in Literature-would seem to be the last word in a debate that has swirled around the songwriter since he was pegged as the voice of a generation in the 1960s: Do songs such as "My Back Pages" and "Subterranean Homesick Blues" transcend pop music to qualify as great literature?
Award winning author Margaret Atwood talks to Newsnight about Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Literature Prize Newsnight is the BBC's flagship news and ...
I am not sure I agree with her observation. Listen for yourself and decide. A brief video.
Bob Dylan wins the Nobel Prize...for literature? Jeanne Moos reports on the lit vs. lyrics debate.
Bob Dylan. The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2016 is awarded to Bob Dylan "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition".
The official web site of the Nobel Prize
Here is the complete list of Dylan songs. Click on each one for the lyrics.
Bob Dylan does not deserve the Nobel Prize in Literature. He does deserve the many Grammys he has received, including a lifetime achievement award, which he won in 1991. He unquestionably belongs in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, into which he was inducted in 1988 along with the Supremes, the Beatles and the Beach Boys.
A collection of his lyrics, thoughts about certain songs, and a recent speech at MusiCares For: Fans of Bob Dylan and People Who Want To Understand His Lyrics
My other Collection on Dylan. All about his lyrics.
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Bob Dylan has submitted his Nobel lecture, ... Bob Dylan 2016 Nobel Lecture in Literature Video by Nobel Prize. ... and more from The New York Times music ...
An audio of his speech is available here as well.