Dissecting the Dylan Nobel controversy

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Dylan's Nobel Prize in Literature has been variously described as an inspired choice, a thoughtless slight to real writers or simply a reflection of the age, gender and ethnicity of the judges.

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Bob Dylan's Noble Prize in Literature has been nothing if not controversial. It is generally considered the first time the award has been given to a songwriter – though the work of Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore crossed the boundaries with song.  Dylan is certainly not a novelist, playwright or poet (unless song lyrics are considered poetry) but then neither was Winston Churchill, who received the award for his historical works.

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