Bob Dylan Submits His Nobel Prize Lecture

Bob Dylan Submits His Nobel Prize Lecture Photo: AP

June 14, 2017 11:59 AM

The Swedish Academy says it has received the required lecture from the 2016 Nobel Literature winner Bob Dylan, enabling the American singer to collect 8 million Swedish kronor ($922,000) in prize money.

Spokeswoman Sara Danius described the Minnesota native's speech in a news release Monday as "extraordinary" and "eloquent." The Nobel Prize website said the lecture was recorded on Sunday in Los Angeles.

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An audio clip of the lecture read by Dylan is posted on the Swedish Academy's website. 

"When I received the Nobel Prize for Literature, I got to wondering how my songs related to literature," said Dylan in the lecture's opening.

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"I wanted to reflect on it and see where the connection was. I'm going to try to articulate that to you, and most likely I'm going to do it in a roundabout way."

Dylan, born in Duluth before moving to Hibbing where he attended high school, also seemingly talked about his Minnesota educational roots when he spoke of the importance the folk tradition played in his songwriting style.

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"When I started writing my own songs, the folk lingo was the only vocabulary that I knew and I used it," Dylan said. "But I had something else as well. I had principles and sensibility and an informed view of the world. I had had that for awhile. I learned it all in grammar school."

Danius said its delivery meant that "the Dylan adventure is coming to a close" for the Swedish Academy that decides the Nobel literature laureate.

Dylan got his hands on the Nobel Literature diploma and medal already in April but was still required to deliver the compulsory speech to receive the money.

The 75-year-old Dylan, who was awarded the prize "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition," declined an invitation last year to the traditional Nobel Prize banquet and ceremony on Dec. 10 — the date of Alfred Nobel's death — pleading other commitments. 

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