Bob Dylan, the Nobel laureate has rejected his latest accolade which has gotten the public buzzing.
Bob Dylan did not state reasons for the rejection but has promised a press meeting on Saturday.
There have been mixed reactions towards his latest honor and it is reported to have caused divisions among Irish writers.
In some years, you’ve likely never heard of the Nobel Prize in Literature winner. But you’d be hard-pressed to have never encountered, in one form or another, Dylan: legendary folk-rock troubadour; inspiration to songwriters from Springsteen to Sheeran; and hawker of cars to computer systems to “ladies garments.”
The Swedish Academy’s choice is a polarizing one: some welcome Dylan’s win as inclusive, while others blast it as populist pandering.
“His words have been an inspiration to me ever since I first heard a Dylan album at school, and I am delighted by his Nobel win. The frontiers of literature keep widening, and it’s exciting that the Nobel Prize recognizes that,” acclaimed author Salman Rushdie — a rumoured Nobel contender himself — said in a statement that echoed similar congratulations from the likes of U.S. President Obama, fellow American Nobel laureate Toni Morrison and others.