I am delighted that Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature. Shock has been expressed by some and it’s the first time the award has gone to a musician, but, as I reported back in 2013, he has been on the short list for a good few years.
The academy’s permanent secretary, Sara Danius, said that while Dylan performs his poetry in the form of songs, that’s no different from the ancient Greeks, whose works were often performed to music.
If you want to know more about how Nobel Prize winners are chosen check out this post.
Here’s the last 20 years of winners:
2016Bob Dylan, United States
2015Svetlana Alexievich, Belarus
2014Patrick Modiano, France
2013Alice Munro, Canada
2012Mo Yan, China
2011Tomas Tranströmer, Sweden
2010Mario Vargas Llosa, Peru
2009Herta Müller, Germany
2008Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, France
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