In late 2016, it was announced that singer/songwriter Bob Dylan had been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. His winning of the award caused a slight stir among some bibliophiles whilst others argued his soulful lyrics were worthy of such a prize. Things were further complicated when it was revealed that Dylan had ignored the academy’s attempts to contact him.
After several weeks, Dylan finally revealed he would accept the award but stated he could not travel to Stockholm for the Nobel Prize Ceremony due to “pre-existing commitments”. U.S. Ambassador to Sweden, Azita Raji, gave Dylan’s speech at the banquet and Patti Smith accepted Dylan’s Nobel with a performance of his song A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.
In early April the academy met with Dylan in a private ceremony where he received the medal and diploma. You can know listen to Dylan’s lecture which praises books such as Moby Dick, The Odyssey, and All Quiet on the Western Front. The lecture was recorded and uploaded to the academy’s website.
You can listen to it for yourself below:
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