January 23, 1999 Dear Nobel Committee: On behalf of the Campaign Committee of Mr. Gunnar Lunde and Mr. Reidar Indrebo (Angedalsvn. 37, 6800 Forde, Norway), I wish to nominate once more Mr. Bob Dylan of the United States for the next Nobel Prize in Literature. Here are a few reasons why: 1. There is considerable precedence for him to receive the prize. In 1997 it was given to another distiguished creator, whose drama, like Dylan's lyrics and music, depends on performance for full realization. Over half a dozen dramatists have received the Nobel Prize for Literature. His blend of poetry and social consciousness with music is entirely appropriate for Nobel recognition. His songs from the early 1960s to the present have been passionately concerned with civil rights, world peace, the preservation of the environment, and other crucial global causes. He has been acclaimed by presidents, poets, professors, and -- in almost countless numbers -- "common" people. That his pertinent and profound subject matter and wording are matched by his musical prowess should be considered appropriate, not strange, for a Nobel Prize in Literature. Of William Butler Yeats, Nobel Committee Chairman Per Hallström said in awarding him the 1923 Prize, "There is a greater element of song than is usual in Modern English poetry." Yeats himself proclaimed of an earlier recipient, Rabindranath Tagore, that "He is as great in music as in poetry." And he prophesied of Tagore's verses, "...travellers will hum them on the highway and men rowing upon rivers. Lovers... [will be] murmuring them." In fact, Dylan's memorable lyrics are given such forms of appreciation the world over. 2. For nearly four decades his work has had, and con - tinues to have, a major and positive impact on the world: it has changed it for the better. His words and music have helped restore the vital, time - honored link between poetry and music, and have so permeated the world as to alter its history. When Dylan's work first appeared in the U.S. alone, it validated the imagination and independence of thought in what had been an era of conformity and denial: it empowered a vast generational change. That his lyrics are of considerable literary value is suggested not only by the recent conference at Stanford but by their inclusion in numerous reference and text books. 3. Even in the last year, Mr. Dylan has won increasing distinction and honors. He has released a strong new album (Time Out Of Mind), rich with inspired, powerful lyrics, some of which chart the changes that come with aging and the passage of time: they are evocative, perceptive, revealing. He has performed for the Pope, who quoted at some length from his lyrics. He has received one of American's highest cultural honors from our Kennedy Center, and his oeuvre was the subject last year of an academic conference at one of our most prestigious centers of learning, Stanford University. I continue to hear the inspiring words, unique voice, and extraordinary music of Bob Dylan emanate from cadets' rooms in the barracks at the military school where I teach. I remain grateful for your consideration of Mr. Dylan for the next Nobel Prize in Literature. Sincerely Gordon Ball Professor of English and Fine Arts
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