It's been more than two weeks but he's now spoken out.
Finally! Bob Dylan has broken his silence on his Nobel Literature Prize win after precisely sixteen days after the announcement was made and, despite some speculation that he wouldn't, he has accepted the coveted honour. Though he's still vague on whether or not he will attend the ceremony in December.
Bob Dylan 'speechless' over Nobel prize win
Just when the Nobel committee had given up trying to get hold of Bob Dylan, he has finally given them a call. Or at least they have given him another call and he's answered. Almost a week after one Nobel member branded him 'impolite and arrogant'.
'The news about the Nobel Prize left me speechless', he told the Swedish Academy when he eventually got in touch. 'I appreciate the honour so much.'
The legendary songwriter landed the award on October 13th for 'having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition'. Many people, including novellists, were opposed to the position despite his published lyrical works, because of his primary position as a musician rather than a poet.
He remained silent for days following the announcement, the only sign of his acceptance of the title being acknowledgements on his social media pages and a line on his website referring to him as 'winner of the Nobel prize in literature' while plugging his latest lyric book 'The Lyrics: 1961-2012'. Though the latter was eventually deleted following another flurry of negativity.
But it seems he's not letting the brutal headlines get to him, and he's still thrilled (or as thrilled as Bob Dylan can be) about winning. 'It's hard to believe', he told the Telegraph in a rare interview. 'Amazing, incredible. Whoever dreams about something like that?'
The Nobel ceremony will take place on December 10th 2016, where Dylan will receive £750,000 in prize money from King Carl VI Gustaf 'if it's at all possible'.
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