Bob Dylan Has Been Awarded 2016 Nobel Prize In Literature
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:40:23
Bob Dylan has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature. The Swedish Academy handed Dylan the honor "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." He is the first singer-songwriter to have won the award. The academy's permanent secretary, Sara Danius, made the announcement today.
NPR reports, "In an interview following the announcement, Danius elaborated on the Swedish Academy's decision: "He is a great poet in the English-speaking tradition, and he is a wonderful sampler — a very original sampler," Danius explained. "For 54 years now he has been at it and reinventing himself, constantly creating a new identity.""
The last American to win the nobel prize in literature was Toni Morrison, back in 1993. Americans who have previously won the award include William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, and John Steinbeck. The award has been been given out since 1901, and in that time, 109 awards have been given to 113 different writers. The purse for this year's prize is about $900,000. Last year, Svetlana Alexievich, a Belarusian journalist and nonfiction writer, won the award. She is considered to be the first journalist to win the award, however, she rejects the notion of being a journalist.
Dylan will receive his award on December 10th in Stockholm, Sweden.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff