Bob Dy­lan tells No­bel com­mit­tee he can’t at­tend


Tri­bune News Ser­vice

— Rock leg­end Bob Dy­lan, the 2016 No­bel Lit­er­a­ture lau­re­ate, will miss out on the Dec. 10 award cer­e­mony “due to pre­ex­ist­ing com­mit­ments,” the Swedish Acad­emy said Wed­nes­day.

The Amer­i­can singer-song­writer wrote a per­sonal let­ter to the Acad­emy say­ing that, “due to pre-ex­ist­ing com­mit­ments, he is un­able to travel to Stock­holm in De­cem­ber,” an Acad­emy state­ment read.

It said that he had “un­der­scored, once again, that he feels very hon­ored in­deed, wish­ing that he could re­ceive the prize in per­son.”

“This means that he ac­cepts the prize, but will not re­ceive it from the hands of the king,” Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary Sara Da­nius told Swedish Ra­dio.

She un­der­lined that “the lau­re­ates are given their No­bel prizes for what they have ac­com­plished, not an en­tice­ment to come to Stock­holm.”

The award is worth 8 mil­lion kro­nor ($930,000), and in­cludes a medal and a diploma.

Da­nius said the let­ter was faxed and ar­rived late Tues­day.

On Oct. 13, the Acad­emy lauded the 75-year-old Dy­lan for cre­at­ing


“new po­etic ex­pres­sions within the great Amer­i­can song tra­di­tion.”

Dy­lan — cur­rently on tour — was long silent about the de­ci­sion, but on Oct. 28 said he was “speech­less” at win­ning the award.

The Acad­emy noted that, in the past, other lau­re­ates have been un­able to at­tend the cer­e­mony in per­son for dif­fer­ent rea­sons.

Doris Less­ing, the 2007 lau­re­ate, was un­able to travel to Stock­holm due to ill health, as was the 2005 lau­re­ate, Bri­tish play­wright Harold Pin­ter. An­other ab­sen­tee was the 2004 Lit­er­a­ture lau­re­ate El­friede Je­linek of Aus­tria. Most re­cently, Canada’s Alice Mi­unro was un­able to travel for health rea­sons in 2013.

“The prize still be­longs to them, just as it be­longs to Bob Dy­lan,” the Acad­emy said.

Dy­lan was, how­ever, obliged to give a lec­ture within six months of Dec. 10.

Less­ing’s 2007 lec­ture was read by her Bri­tish pub­lisher.

Dec. 10 marks the an­niver­sary of Swedish in­dus­tri­al­ist Al­fred No­bel’s death. No­bel, who in­vented dy­na­mite, cre­ated the prizes, which are also awarded in medicine, physics, chem­istry, peace and eco­nomics.


Bob Dy­lan per­forms in 2010 in Lon­don. Dy­lan will not at­tend the Dec. 10 award cer­e­mony for the prize in No­bel Lit­er­a­ture, cit­ing “pre-ex­ist­ing com­mit­ments.”

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