Oh dear. "For having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition." For this Bob Dylan has been announced as the latest recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
I am torn two ways, as I have said on Tom Stephenson's post today (and interestingly, only two of us put a single word in for the man).
I looked up the ten UK recipients. You may be interested in the list:
Sir VS Naipaul.
Does Bob Dylan sit well alongside these? I wonder what he himself would say.
But I do know that as a great fan in my youth, I still remember many of his lyrics - and use quite a lot of them in my everyday chat (yesterday's paper with yesterday's news springs to mind).
I know that many of the previous recipients rate highly in my reading list - TS Eliot I absolutely love, the same goes for Seamus Heaney.
So - is it an effort to bring the prize down to something which resonates with the 'common man'? Of does it make a travesty of the whole thing? Or is the answer somewhere in between?
I don't know, but I would love to know what you think. I realise Dylan is not from the UK but I have quoted 'our' winners to make comparison easier. Also, reading through the list of winners on Wikipedia, it is a long time since the US had a winner.