However, the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, which frequently chimes in on pop culture, was among those not impressed by the award. Dylan is the brilliant inheritor of the bardic tradition.
For many, his lyrics have resonated for decades.
Dylan is the most unorthodox Nobel literature prize victor since 1997, when the award went to Italian playwright Dario Fo, whose works some say also need to be performed to be fully appreciated.
"Bob Dylan is a great poet".
On Thurday, Bob Dylan was announced as the victor of the Nobel Prize in literature.
Christopher MacLehose, the publisher, said: "The choice is absurd".
Dylan has toured nearly continuously since 1988, remaining true to the credo he expressed in "Forever Young", a hit track from his 1974 album, "Planet Waves".
Dylan is the first American victor of the Nobel literature prize since Toni Morrison in 1993.
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Bob Dylan'sNobel recognition is "vindication" for Gordon Ball, an English professor who nominated the singer-songwriter for the award 15 years in a row beginning in 1996.
American writer Joyce Carol Oates applauded the Nobel Prize awarding to Bob Dylan, while taking the opportunity to attack U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump, whom she refused to name in full.
"I'm a Dylan fan, but this is an ill-conceived nostalgia award wrenched from the rancid prostates of senile, gibbering hippies", he wrote. His main beef appears to be the separation of a metaphorical church and state-in this case, songs and lit-that he thinks should exist, adding, "If you're a "music" fan, look it up in the dictionary". "The Times They Are A-Changin'", in which Dylan told Americans "your sons and your daughters are beyond your command", was an anthem of the civil rights movement and Vietnam War protests.
His career has been such a complicated pastiche of elusive, ever-changing styles that it took six actors including Cate Blanchett to portray him in the 2007 movie based on his life, "I'm Not There". "Then "literature". Then compare and contrast".
Welsh also begged to know whether writer Don De Lillo had been inducted into the Rock "n" Roll hall of fame yet. "Many fond memories from my adolescence are associated with his music", she said.
Although Dylan had been mentioned in Nobel speculation for years, many experts had ruled him out, thinking the academy wouldn't extend its more than a century-old award to the world of music.
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet was one of the first to congratulate Bob Dylan on being awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.
At the Guardian, Richard Williams looks at whether music and literature can actually be successfully linked (in terms of a Nobel Prize), and he breaks it down line by line to show the "profound resonance" of Dylan's lyrics.
The 2016 laureates will receive their awards - a gold medal and a diploma - at a formal ceremony in Stockholm as tradition dictates on December 10, the anniversary of the death of prize creator Alfred Nobel.