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Dylan expresses awe over Nobel Prize, alludes to Shakespeare

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/10/2016
From left, Elisabeth Bootsma, chemistry laureate J. Fraser Stoddart, Princess Madeleine, physics laureate Duncan Haldane, Queen Silvia, Carl-Henrik Heldin, chairman of the Nobel Foundation, Crown Princess Victoria, physics laureate Michael Kosterlitz, Princess Sofia and physics laureate Jean-Pierre Sauvage sit at the table of Honour at the 2016 Nobel Prize banquet at the Stockholm City Hall, Sweden, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. (Henrik Montgomery/TT News Agency via AP) © The Associated Press From left, Elisabeth Bootsma, chemistry laureate J. Fraser Stoddart, Princess Madeleine, physics laureate Duncan Haldane, Queen Silvia, Carl-Henrik Heldin, chairman of the Nobel Foundation, Crown Princess Victoria, physics laureate Michael Kosterlitz, Princess Sofia and physics laureate Jean-Pierre Sauvage sit at the table of Honour at the 2016 Nobel Prize banquet at the Stockholm City Hall, Sweden, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016. (Henrik Montgomery/TT News Agency via AP)

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Bob Dylan has expressed awe at receiving the Nobel Prize in literature and thanked the Swedish Academy for including him among the "giants" of writing.

Dylan was absent from Saturday's award ceremony and banquet in Stockholm. But in remarks read by the U.S. ambassador, he alluded to the debate about whether the award should go to a songwriter.

Dylan said when Shakespeare wrote "Hamlet," he probably was thinking about which actors to pick and where to find a skull.

In his words: "I'm sure the farthest thing from Shakespeare's mind was: 'Is this literature?'"

Dylan said he too focuses on "mundane matters" such as recording in the right key, not on whether his songs are literature.

He thanked the Academy for considering the question and "providing such a wonderful answer."

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