Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize for Literature: ‘A great poet in the English-speaking tradition’

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 12: Musician Bob Dylan onstage during the 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards held at The Hollywood Palladium on January 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for VH1)

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”

The Nobel Committee’s permanent secretary Sara Danius said Dylan, 75, “is a great poet in the English-speaking tradition.” She drew parallels between his work and that of ancient Greek poets Homer and Sappho.

Dylan, 75, was born in Duluth, Minnesota, in 1941.

He may be viewed by some as an unconventional winner since he is not in the established canon of literary writers.

Dylan is the 108th winner of the most prestigious literature award in the world.