Why Dylan Matters  by Richard F. Thomas

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When the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Bob Dylan in 2016, the literary world was up in arms.
How could the world’s most prestigious book prize be awarded to a famously cantankerous singer-songwriter in his Seventies, who wouldn’t even deign to make a victory speech?

In Why Dylan Matters, Harvard Professor Richard F. Thomas answers that question with magisterial erudition. A world expert on Classical poetry, Thomas was initially ridiculed by his colleagues for teaching a course on Bob Dylan alongside his traditional seminars on Homer, Virgil and Ovid. Dylan’s Nobel prize win brought him vindication, and he immediately found himself thrust into the limelight as a leading academic voice in all matters Dylanological.

This witty, personal volume is a distillation of Thomas’s famous course, and makes a compelling case for moving Dylan out of the rock n’ roll Hall of Fame and into the pantheon of Classical poets. The most dazzlingly original and compelling Dylan book in decades, Why Dylan Matters will amaze and astound everyone from the first-time listener to the lifetime fan. You’ll never think about Bob Dylan in the same way again.

‘At last an expert classicist gets to grips with Bob Dylan’ Mary Beard

Richard F. Thomas
Richard F. Thomas is George Martin Lane Professor of the Classics at Harvard University, a Bob Dylan expert, and the creator of a freshman seminar at Harvard on Bob Dylan.

ISBN:
9780008245498
Category:
Individual composers & musicians
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20-11-2017
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
368
Dimensions (mm):
204x135x31mm
Weight:
0.43kg