Nobel Prize 2016 in Literature awarded to Bob Dylan

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Today, the Swedish Academy awarded Bob Dylan the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.



While the decision came as a surprise to many, Permanent Secretary at the Swedish Acadamy Sara Danius emphasised his decades-long cultural contributions and called him “a great poet in the English tradition” in an interview following the announcement.

In a supplementary document containing biographical and bibliographical notes, the Swedish Academy also cited Dylan’s “profound” influence on modern music and how his body of work already had been the subject of cultural studies for a long time.


Vincenzo Hiemer

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Vincenzo Hiemer was part of the communications team of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings from 2015-2017. The graduated journalist functioned as a social media editor and was responsible for coordinating the Lindau Blog together with Gero von der Stein.

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2 comments on “Nobel Prize 2016 in Literature awarded to Bob Dylan

  • Thanks to the Swedish Academy for giving the Nobel Prize in literature to Bob Dylan. Dylan’s contribution in music is massive. His songs are an inspiration to people all over the world. Bob Dylan truly deserved it.

  • Dylan is an icon and his art genre is a well-established and respected one. Such official recognition for his outstanding contributions to mingling literature with music was long overdue.

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