Bob Dylan Finally Accepts Nobel Prize in Low-key Ceremony

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Bob Dylan performs during The Hop Festival in Paddock Wood, Kent, U.K.
Bob Dylan performs during The Hop Festival in Paddock Wood, Kent, U.K.Credit: Ki Price/REUTERS

Bob Dylan and members of the Swedish Academy jointly celebrated the handover of his 2016 literature Nobel medal and diploma in a private ceremony, the Academy said Sunday.

"Spirits were high. Champagne was had," the Academy's permanent secretary Sara Danius wrote in a blog entry.

Twelve Academy members met Dylan on Saturday, she said, without disclosing the venue. "Quite a bit of time was spent looking closely at the gold medal, in particular the beautifully crafted back, an image of a young man sitting under a laurel tree who listens to the Muse," she added.

The inscription cited Virgil's Aeneid, and read: "Inventas vitam iuvat excoluisse per artes, loosely translated as 'And they who bettered life on earth by their newly found mastery'," Danius said. 

The low-key ceremony was in line with Dylan's wishes. 

Danius and several other members attended the first of two sold-out concerts by Dylan in the Swedish capital on Saturday evening.

Dylan, 75, was cited in October for creating "new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."

The Literature prize is one of the awards endowed by Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite.

Traditionally, the Nobel awards are presented on December 10, marking the anniversary of Nobel's death in 1896.

Dylan was however unable to attend that event, citing other commitments.

There was no word when Dylan will give his Nobel lecture, a prerequisite to receive the cash award worth $930,000 (8 million kronor). It must be held latest June 10.

Earlier this week, Danius said Dylan's lecture was to be taped and "sent at a later point."

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