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Bob Dylan wins the Nobel Prize, but he’s been on the short list for years

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:

2016 Bob Dylan, United States

2015 Svetlana Alexievich, Belarus

2014 Patrick Modiano, France

2013 Alice Munro, Canada

2012 Mo Yan, China

2011 Tomas Tranströmer, Sweden

2010 Mario Vargas Llosa, Peru

2009 Herta Müller, Germany

2008 Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, France

2007 Doris Lessing, Britain

2006 Orhan Pamuk, Turkey

2005 Harold Pinter, Britain

2004 Elfriede Jelinek, Austria

2003 JM Coetzee, South Africa

2002 Imre Kertesz, Hungary

2001 VS Naipaul, Trinidad-born British

2000 Gao Xingjian, Chinese-born French

1999 Günter Grass, Germany

1998 José Saramago, Portugal

1997 Dario Fo, Italy

1996 Wislawa Szymborska, Poland

1995 Seamus Heaney, Ireland

1994 Kenzaburo Oe, Japan

1993 Toni Morrison, United States

1992 Derek Walcott, St Lucia

1991 Nadine Gordimer, South Africa

1990 Octavio Paz, Mexico

1989 Camilo José Cela, Spain

1988 Naguib Mahfouz, Egypt

1987 Joseph Brodsky, Russian-American

1986 Wole Soyinka, Nigeria

4 comments on “Bob Dylan wins the Nobel Prize, but he’s been on the short list for years

  1. Chris White
    October 13, 2016

    Reblogged this on Routine Matters.

    • glenavailable
      October 13, 2016

      Have always dug Dylan (most especially his 1986 studio album “Knocked out Loaded” which, on one track, contains the immortal line – “That movie had completeness!”

      Well done Bob.

    • bridget whelan
      October 14, 2016

      Thanks for reblogging Chris

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