Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize for Literature

In a surprise, especially to hot favorites Haurki Murakami and Don DeLillo, Bob Dylan — born Robert Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota, in 1941 — has won the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature.

The committee cited his achievement as “having created new poetic expressions with the great American song tradition.”

Sara Danils, permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, describes Dylan as “A great sampler … and for 54 years he has been at it, reinventing himself.”


Dan Friedman

Dan Friedman

Dan Friedman is the executive editor and whisky correspondent of the Forward. But when he’s not doing that, he’s writing a book about the rock band Tears for Fears.

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