Credited with having “created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” Dylan, 75, was announced as this year’s recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature last week. The award is given to an individual who has produced “in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction”.
Leonard Cohen, The Rolling Stones and Tom Waits have all congratulated Dylan on his historic win, but the musician himself has yet to get in touch with the Academy to arrange practicalities.
“Right now we are doing nothing. I have called and sent emails to his closest collaborator and received very friendly replies. For now, that is certainly enough,” the Academy’s permanent secretary, Sara Danius, told state radio SR earlier today (October 17), according to The Guardian.
Dylan has been invited to Stockholm to collect his prize from King Carl XVI Gustaf on December 10, but according to the Academy he has yet to confirm his attendance at the event alongside 2016’s other Nobel Prize winners.
“I am not at all worried. I think he will show up,” Sara Danius said, before adding: “If he doesn’t want to come, he won’t come. It will be a big party in any case and the honour belongs to him.”