Bob Dylan, singer and songwriter, has received a Pulitzer Prize to honor his “profound impact on popular music and American culture”. The 66-year-old’s “lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power”, is what the special music award recognised.
The honour “reflects the efforts of the Pulitzer board to broaden the scope of the music prize”, said Sig Gissler, the prize administrator. He also said that the prize signalled the award body’s intention to “encompass the full range of excellence in American music”.
US playwright, Tracy Letts won the drama prize, for his dark and brutal comedy : August : Osage County. The 40-year-old novelist Junot Diaz won the fiction prize for The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao.
Previous recipients of the special musical Pulitzer include jazz icon John Coltrane, composer George Gershwin and science-fiction author Ray Bradbury, but it’s the first time the panel has recognised a rock musician.
Named after Joseph Pulitzer, the newspaper publisher, the awards carry a price of $10,000.
Publisher Simon & Schuster said Dylan is currently working on a second volume of memoirs.