October 29, 2016: On October 13, it was announced that Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in literature “for having created new poetic expressions with the great American song tradition.” The media-shy artist did not respond despite multiple attempts by the Nobel officials to contact him, which led to criticisms and he was thought to be impolite and arrogant.
After two weeks of silence, Dylan told the British daily The Telegraph that he would “absolutely” show up to the official ceremony “if it’s at all possible.”
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The artist further added, “It’s hard to believe … amazing, incredible. Whoever dreams about something like that?”
“So, for all the speculation over the last two weeks about the reasons behind his blanket silence on the Nobel award, I can only say that he is a radical personality – which is why he has remained of so much interest to us over six decades since he first emerged on the Manhattan music scene in 1962 – and cannot be tied down, even by the Nobel Prize committee,” he said.
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While making the award announcement, Danius compared the works of Dylan to that of ancient Greek writers Homer and Sappho. When Dylan was asked about the comparison, he said: “I suppose so, in some way. Some [of my own] songs – “Blind Willie”, “The Ballad of Hollis Brown”, “Joey”, “A Hard Rain”, “Hurricane” and some others – definitely are Homeric in value.”
“If I accept the prize? Of course,” Dylan told the Swedish Academy, over the phone.
He added, “The news about the Nobel Prize left me speechless. I appreciate the honor so much.”
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However, the Nobel Foundation said Bob Dylan had yet to formally confirm his attendance at the award-granting ceremony that is to be held in December.
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