Dylan to meet Nobel academy to receive literature diploma

The Associated Press reports that Dylan is meeting with members of the Swedish Academy, the group that controls the Nobel Prize, this weekend in Stockholm.

"The Academy will then hand over Dylan's Nobel diploma and the Nobel medal, and congratulate him on the Nobel Prize in Literature".

Dylan declined the invitation to attend the traditional Nobel Prize banquet and ceremony on December 10 a year ago, pleading other commitments.

He is performing concerts in Stockholm on both Saturday and Sunday.

In a previous post, Danius was careful to note that the tour date in Stockholm had been planned well before Dylan won the prize, which he was awarded in October "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition", according to the Swedish Academy's citation.

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Earlier this week, Prof Darius said the academy had had no phone conversations with Dylan and that he had until 10 June to perform the lecture in order to receive the money.

Dylan will however remain the 2016 Nobel literature laureate regardless of whether he holds his lecture or receives the money.

Danius goes on to explain that the meet-up will likely be one of minimal spectacle: "The setting will be small and intimate, and no media will be present; only Bob Dylan and members of the Academy will attend, all according to Dylan's wishes".

You may remember, it took a few weeks before Dylan even formally acknowledged his Nobel selection a year ago.

Speculation has mounted that he may hold his lecture during his visit to the Scandinavian country, though the Academy has repeatedly said it has not heard a word from Dylan.

Then, Dylan was a no-show at the awards ceremony.

But Dylan does care about the Nobel, Schottenius believes.

"Not once have I ever had the time to ask myself, "Are my songs literature?" his speech read.

Several other literature prize winners have skipped the Nobel ceremony in the past for various reasons. It's the glitziness of the ceremony, attended by Swedish royal family and politicians, that intimidated the rock star. Nobel laureate Doris Lessing [2007] did not attend because of her advanced age, Harold Pinter [2005] because he was hospitalised and Elfriede Jelinek [2004] due to her social phobia.

  • Salvatore Jensen