Legendary Singer And Songwriter Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize In Literature

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October 13th, 2016

Singer And Songwriter Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize In Literature

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Singer And Songwriter Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize In Literature


Yes, and how many ears must one man have

Before he can hear people cry?

Yes, and how many deaths will it take ’till he knows

That too many people have died?

The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind

The answer is blowing in the wind.


Legendary artist Bob Dylan has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for having “created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition” in the words of the Nobel Committee.

Bob Dylan (75) is an American singer, songwriter, artist and writer who has always been writing thought-provoking songs.  Dylan was born in Minnesota, U.S. and his paternal grandparents emigrated from Odessa, Ukraine, to the United States following the anti-Semitic pogroms of 1905.


He has been awarded Grammy, Academy Award and a Golden Globe Awards. He has also published Tarantula, a work of prose poetry.  His renowned songs “Blowin in the Wind” and many of like “The times They are A-Changin” have been considered as a psalm in the anti-war and civil rights movements. Some of his other popular songs include “Tambourine Man”, “Like a Rolling Stone”, “All Along the Watchtower”.

After Toni Morrison, the novelist, he is the first American to win this after 23 years. Mr Dylan has been referred as having an outside shot at the prize, but it came out a surprise since nobody had anticipated. he has been an inspiration to many across the world.

William Faulkner, Rudyard Kipling, John Steinbeck and Gabriel Garcia Marquez have been awarded Nobel Prizes in the literature previously. Recent literature winners were Alice Munro, Doris Lessing, JM Coetzee and Toni Morrison.


Nobel Prize is said to be given for a lifetime work rather than for a single work. It is one of the most prestigious awards. Along with it, comes a prize of 8 million Swedish kronor or 900,000$. There were many deliberation and speculation before the week of the announcement, and people expected  Philip Roth, Don DeLillo or Haruki Murakami, the Japanese Novelist to win the Prize.


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