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Bob Dylan accused of borrowing some of Nobel lecture from study guide

June 15, 2017 LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Bob Dylan has been accused of borrowing heavily for part of the Nobel Literature Prize lecture he finally delivered to the Swedish Academy last week. The singer-songwriter’s remarks on how the book “Moby Dick” influenced him bear a close similarity to the SparkNotes summaries of the Herman Melville classic novel, according to an analysis on Slate.com. SparkNotes.com provides study guides for students in literature and other fields. Author Andrea Pitzer, writing on Slate.com on Tuesday, listed some 20 sentences from the portion of…

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Dylan’s Nobel speech: songs only need to move you, not make sense

June 5, 2017 STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Nobel prizewinner Bob Dylan said on Monday that unlike literature his songs were meant to be sung not read and that they only needed to move people, not to make sense. The Swedish Academy’s decision to award last year’s prize for literature to Dylan, who had “created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”, was seen by some as slap in the face by some mainstream writers of poetry and prose. In his Nobel lecture, the notoriously media-shy Dylan said: “Our songs…

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At last: Dylan to receive Nobel prize in Stockholm

March 29, 2017 STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan will receive his Nobel Literature Prize diploma and medal in the next few days in Stockholm, where is he due to perform this weekend, the secretary of the Swedish Academy said on Wednesday. The Academy’s decision to give the bard of “Blowin’ in the Wind” the literature prize caused controversy, only deepened by Dylan’s silence about the award for weeks afterwards and his no-show at the annual banquet in December. “The good news is that the Swedish Academy and Bob Dylan…

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