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American songwriter Bob Dylan wins Nobel in literature

The Nobel Prize in literature has been awarded to American singer and songwriter Bob Dylan, who first burst on the scene singing in Greenwich Village coffeehouses in the 1960s. The Swedish Academy said Dylan had "created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."

The prize came to Dylan as he continued what has been known as his "never ending tour" of live performances, which in recent years have included more than a smattering of songs long associated with Frank Sinatra along with his familiar blend of rock, country and blues tunes.


Dylan's award marks a break with tradition as it is the first...