By Adam Brown
By Adam Brown
Rabat – US singer-songwriter, Bob Dylan, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature by the Swedish Academy earlier today. According to Aljazeera, this is the first time that the recipient of the award has been someone primarily seen as a musician. He is the first American to win the Nobel Prize for literature since the novelist Toni Morrison, who won in 1993 (New York Times).
Bob Dylan is seen as one of the most influential contemporary musicians. “He is probably the greatest living poet” said Swedish Academy member Per Wastberg. Bob Dylan has produced many critically acclaimed songs and albums, most notably “Blowin’ in the Wind”, “Masters of War”, and “Like a Rolling Stone”. His songs captured, “A spirit of rebellion, dissent, and independence” (Aljazeera). The New York Times states that while Dylan has been an outside contender for years, “His work does not fit into the traditional literary canons of novels, poetry, and short stories”.
The Nobel Prize for Literature was the last of the six awards given out by the Swedish Academy. It has been awarded annually since 1901. The prize for literature is given for a lifetime of writing and comes with a prize of 8 million Swedish kronor (New York Times).
Recipients of the other Nobel Prizes this year were:
Yoshinori Ohsumi (Physiology or Medicine)
David J. Thouless, Duncan M. Haldane, and J. Michael Kosterlitz (Physics)
Jean-Pierre Sauvage, J. Fraser Stoddart, and Bernard L. Feringa (Chemistry)
President Juan Manuel Santos (Peace Prize)
Oliver Hart and Bengt Homstrom (Economic Science)