Bob Dylan has finally acknowledged that he’s a Nobel laureate.The artist recognized the honor on his Web site after a week of failing to return calls from the Nobel committee, which made numerous attempts to reach him since he was given the accolade on Oct. 13.
On a page promoting a book of his lyrics, the site now touts the songwriter as “Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.”The Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet first spotted the acknowledgment, which is not visible from the site’s home page, calling it a “sign of life” from the reclusive folk icon.Aside from his site and a Nobel-related retweet last week from Dylan’s official Twitter account, Dylan has yet to publicly comment on the award, despite giving several live performances since the announcement was made.
Nobel officials had tried in vain to contact Dylan for several days before acknowledging they had given up.“I have called and sent e-mails to his closest collaborator and received very friendly replies. For now, that is certainly enough,” Swedish Academy secretary Sara Danius had said nearly a week after the announcement.
If Dyaln doesn’t show up, the Nobels will still toast him, Danius said.“If he doesn’t want to come, he won’t come,” she said. “It will be a big party in any case and the honor belongs to him.”
It’s still not at all clear if Dylan will show up to accept the award, plus a cash prize of about $740,000.The award ceremony is set for Nov. 10 in Stockholm.