[ilds] Nobel Prize

Kennedy Gammage gammage.kennedy at gmail.com
Thu Oct 13 11:55:10 PDT 2016

Bruce, they couldn't give the Nobel Prize for his voice so it had to be the

De Gustibus - Ken

On Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 11:20 AM, Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>

> Bob Dylan has won the Nobel Prize for literature.  Not wanting to
> disparage my fellow American, but one has to wonder what the criteria are
> for this prize.  Dylan’s oeuvre, while influential as a song writer and
> lyricist, is meager, perhaps a slender volume of poetry.  I guess awarding
> him a prize shows how the Nobel Academy has turned to the cultural studies
> movement, where literature becomes defined beyond recognition.  Christopher
> Ricks, a highly respected critic, values Dylan’s poetry (*Dylan’s Vision
> of Sin* [2005]).  Does it, however, warrant such a prestigious award?
> Writers and poets like Marcel Proust, James Joyce, and Jorge Luis Borges
> were ignored by this academy.  Lawrence Durrell also falls into this group,
> this unique *Salon des Refusés.*  These writers, in my opinion, all had a
> major and substantial body of work which certainly deserves classification
> as “literature.”  I can’t say the same for Bob Dylan.
> Bruce
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