Bob Dylan wins 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature

Oct 13, 2016 16:30 IST

Bob   DylanBob Dylan on 13 October 2016 won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Dylan was bestowed with the precious award for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.

Who is Bob Dylan?

Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist and writer.

Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when his songs chronicled social unrest, although he repudiated suggestions from journalists that he was a spokesman for his generation.

His early songs such as Blowin' in the Wind and The Times They Are a-Changin became anthems for the American civil rights and anti-war movements.

His lyrics have incorporated various political, social, philosophical and literary influences.

His accomplishments as a recording artist and performer have been central to his career, but songwriting is considered his greatest contribution.

Since 1994, he has published six books of drawings and paintings, and his work has been exhibited in major art galleries.

As a musician, he has sold more than 100 million records, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.

He has also received numerous awards including eleven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award.

The Pulitzer Prize jury in 2008 awarded him a special citation for his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.

He is the first American to win the prize since novelist Toni Morrison, in 1993.

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About Nobel Prize in Literature

The Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded annually to an author from any country who has produced the most outstanding work in an ideal direction in the field of literature.

The Prize has been awarded since 1901.

It is one of the five Nobel Prizes established by the will of Alfred Nobel in 1895.

A Literature Nobel Prize laureate earns a gold medal, a diploma bearing a citation, and a sum of money. The amount of money awarded depends on the income of the Nobel Foundation that year.

In 2015, Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize in Literature "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time."

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