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Bob Dylan Finally Acknowledges Nobel Prize

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After weeks of silence, Bob Dylan has publicly acknowledged his Nobel Prize for Literature, and expressed gratitude for the award. However, it is still unclear if he will attend the Nobel ceremony to receive it in person.

“The news about the Nobel Prize left me speechless,” Dylan told Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, according to the Nobel’s website. “I appreciate the honor so much.”

In a rare interview that had been agreed to before the Nobel announcement, Dylan suggested that he did not respond because he was overwhelmed, saying ”Whoever dreams about something like that?”

But when asked why he has refused to answer phone calls from the Swedish Academy, he responded cryptically, in a way characteristic of his decades in the public eye: “Well I’m right here,” he said.

Dylan said he would attend the ceremony, “if it’s at all possible.”

Dylan is the first musician ever to receive the prize. There was speculation that the unpredictable, anti-establishment icon might have declined to accept the award. Philosopher and literature laureate Jean-Paul Sartre did so in 1964.

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