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Author Thomas, Richard F., 1950- author.

Title Why Bob Dylan matters / Richard F. Thomas.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Dey St., [2017]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    780.92 Dylan,B THO    Available
Edition First edition.
Description 358 pages ; 20 cm
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Bibliography Includes Discography.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 333-336) and index.
Contents Bob Dylan's discography -- Why does Dylan matter to us? -- Together through life -- Dylan and ancient Rome: "That's where I was born" -- "Vibrations in the universe": Dylan tells his own story -- The early thefts: "Mine've been like Verlaine's and Rimbaud's" -- "The gift was given back": Time Out of Mind and beyond -- Mature poets steal: Virgil, Dylan, and the making of a classic -- Modern Times and the world's ancient light: becoming Homer -- The show's the thing: Dylan in performance -- Conclusion: Speechless in Stockholm.
Summary When the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Bob Dylan in 2016, a debate raged. Some celebrated, while many others questioned the choice. How could the world's most prestigious book prize be awarded to a famously cantankerous singer-songwriter who wouldn't even deign to attend the medal ceremony? In 'Why Bob Dylan matters', Harvard Professor Richard F. Thomas answers this 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 brought him vindication, and he immediately found himself thrust into the spotlight as a leading academic voice in all matters Dylanological. Today, through his wildly popular Dylan seminar - affectionately dubbed "Dylan 101"--Thomas is introducing a new generation of fans and scholars to the revered bard's work. This witty, personal volume is a distillation of Thomas's famous course, and makes a compelling case for moving Dylan out of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and into the pantheon of Classical poets.
Language Text in English.
Subject Dylan, Bob, 1941- -- Criticism and interpretation.
Dylan, Bob, 1941- -- Knowledge -- Controversial literature.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Other Form: Online version: Thomas, Richard F., 1950- Why Bob Dylan matters. First edition. New York : Dey Street Books, [2017] 9780062685759 (DLC) 2017042422
ISBN 9780062685735 (hardcover)
0062685732 (hardcover)
9780062685742 (paperback)
0062685740 (paperback)

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