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23 July 2018

Bob Dylan wins the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature

13 October 2016

The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2016 is awarded to Bob Dylan "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition".

Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, said Dylan had been chosen because he was "a great poet in the English speaking tradition" and that "For 54 years now he's been at it reinventing himself, constantly creating a new identity": BBC report (13 October).

Dylan is the first singer songwriter to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.

For more on the 2016 winner, see the Nobel Prizes website.

And for a longer read, we recommend Once Upon a Time: The Lives of Bob Dylan and Time Out of Mind both by Ian Bell (Mainstream Publishing).