Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature 2016
Posted by Michael Mueller on October 13, 2016 at 10:04 AM
Legendary songwriter and musician Bob Dylan has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature. The Nobel Prize organization lauded Dylan "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."
Dylan has long been recognized as one of the greatest songwriters in music history, with songs like "Blowin' in the Wind," "The Times They Are A-Changin'," "Like a Rolling Stone," and "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" imbued with world-changing mystique. Indeed, these and other Dylan compositions stand as anthems for the anti-war and civil rights movements of the late 1960s.
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Dylan is the first songwriter to win the prestigious award, a surprising turn of history, as it has typically gone to authors and poets. He is also the first American to win the prize since Toni Morrison, in 1993.
The Nobel Prize is named for Alfred Nobel, a Swedish chemist, engineer, inventor, businessman, and philanthropist, who in 1895 signed his last will and testament, giving the largest share of his fortune to a series of prizes in Peace, Physics, Chemistry, and Medicine. The prize is presented by the Swedish Academy and comes with an award of approximately $900,000.