“The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2016 is awarded to Bob Dylan ‘for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.’”
That is the full press release today by Sara Danius, the permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy.
Writes the Los Angeles Times, “The American musician had long been rumored to be considered for the prize, but literary watchers considered his name among those in the running a novelty. He is the first American to win the prize since Toni Morrison in 1993.
“The room of watchers at the Swedish Academy seemed shocked by the announcement, one calling the decision ‘radical’ when asking Sara Danius, permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, about the choice.”
The award brings a prize of almost $1 million for Dylan.
At press time we could not find any reaction from Dylan, 75.
To see the interview with Danius, please click here.