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He’s a poet, he knows it

October 5, 2009

The announcement of the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature will be this Thursday. Here’s hoping Mr. Dylan fares better than he has many times in the past.

This year, Danish literature professor Anne-Marie Mai revealed she had nominated Dylan for the literature prize because she was upset about a Nobel judge’s critical remarks about American literature in an interview with the AP last year.

“Bob Dylan shows that American art and literature is worthy of the prize,” Mai said. “I think he’s one of the foremost artists in poetry.”

Dylan is believed to have been nominated several times before, but doesn’t quite fit the profile of a Nobel literature winner. Besides primarily being a songwriter, his mass following could also be considered a minus by the Swedish Academy, which often chooses writers who are unfamiliar to the everyday reader.

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