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.”
Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize for Literature
Dan Friedman is the director of content and communications at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. Formerly the executive editor and whisky correspondent of the Forward, he is the author of an illuminating (and excellent value) book about Tears for Fears, the 80s emo rock band.