Bob Dylan accepts Nobel Prize for Literature; ends his long silence
Oct 30 2016 by Francis Osborne
Bob Dylan, shown above performing in Los Angeles in 2012, has finally broken his silence and said he "absolutely" wants to attend the Nobel Prize award ceremony "if it's at all possible".
"The news about the Nobel Prize left me speechless", he told the academy's permanent secretary, Sara Danius. Dylan, after many people complained that he was unworthy of the award, called the Swedish Academy this week, according to a news release from the foundation, and the iconic folk crooner said, "If I accept the prize?"
Two weeks after being named the 2016 recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Bob Dylan finally spoke publicly about the honor in an interview with the U.K.'s The Telegraph newspaper.
While Dylan's fans and peers rushed to congratulate him, the 75-year-old remained quiet about his latest achievement, only acknowledging it with a brief mention on his website days later, adding, "WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE" in a piece promoting a book of his lyrics. "I appreciate the honor so much". But he reiterated his delight at being awarded the prestigious prize, saying: "Whoever dreams about something like that?"
The committee awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature to the folk music icon October 13, "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition".
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"I hope he will do what he desires to do".
Under Nobel rules, the victor must give one lecture on literature - or in Dylan's case even a concert - within six months to receive the $900,000 prize money.
One of the members of the Swedish Academy that awarded him the prize denounced him for his "impolite and arrogant" silence following the win.
Which could make for an awkward moment at the ceremony, as Dylan also confirmed to the Telegraph that he is planning to travel to Stockholm to accept his award. According to executive director Virginia Dajani, the academy informed Dylan of the decision through his manager, Jeff Rosen in January of that year.
But it seems he's not letting the brutal headlines get to him, and he's still thrilled (or as thrilled as Bob Dylan can be) about winning.