Dylan becomes the 259th American to have won a Nobel Prize

Bob Dylan has been awarded this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature, credited with having “created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.

Dylan, 75, becomes the 259th American to have won a Nobel Prize. The award is given to an individual who has produced “in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction”.

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The Guardian reports that Sara Danils, Secretary of the Swedish Academy, described Dylan as “a great sampler… and for 54 years he has been at it, reinventing himself.”

On his classic ‘Blonde on Blonde’, she said: “An extraordinary example of his brilliant way of rhyming. putting together refrains, and his brilliant way of thinking.”

“If you look far back, 5000 years, you discover Homer and Sappho. They wrote poetic texts which were meant to be performed, and it’s the same way for Bob Dylan. We still read Homer and Sappho, and we enjoy it.”

Previous winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature include Alice Munro, Harold Pinter, Doris Lessing, J M Coetzee, Toni Morrison and Seamus Heaney.

Last year’s award was given to Belarusian investigative journalist Svetlana Alexievich.