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  • Now the world is abuzz with the surprise from Sweden - Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Prize

  • in Literature.

  • It would seem to be the last word in a debate but, it's got many around the world divided

  • on the decision.

  • Do lyrics like "I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now" and "You don’t

  • need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows" put Bob Dylan on par with William Faulkner,

  • Ernest Hemingway and Toni Morrison?

  • Here's Lee Jiwon.

  • Bob Dylan's Nobel prize win has set off a buying frenzy around the world,... causing

  • sales of his books and music to skyrocket.

  • Not long after Thursday's award announcement, his memoir, "Chronicles: Volume One," shot

  • up 15-thousand-412 places on Amazon's best-seller list... and his hit song "Knockin' on Heaven's

  • Door" jumped up to third on Naver Music's Top 100 Global Pop Songs list.

  • Over in the States, the unconventional winner -- he's the first songwriter ever to win the

  • literature prize -- has generated a controversy among critics.

  • Some, like Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone, have expressed delight at his win,... writing

  • that Dylan "won for inventing ways to make songs do what they hadn't done before."

  • But not everyone agrees.

  • Critic Stephen Metcalf of Slate praised Dylan as a genius, but says he does not think that

  • a musician should have been awarded the highest prize in literature.

  • Metcalf says a literary prize should not go to an economist or a political saint -- and

  • it should not go to Dylan.

  • The debate played out here in Korea, too, with one critic firmly in the "for" camp.

  • "I think the academy's tried something very new, which is understanding 'literature' in

  • a wider sense.

  • Currently, the definition of literature is widening, especially with technological advancements

  • and new media.

  • And yesterday's decision shows that the Swedish Academy has and will identify any content

  • that can bring out literary inspiration as literature."

  • The 75-year-old singer-songwriter was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature on Thursday.

  • The Swedish Academy's citation said Dylan deserves the award "for having created new

  • poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."

  • Lee Ji-won, Arirang News.

Now the world is abuzz with the surprise from Sweden - Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Prize

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