Dylan was supposed to give lecture no later than June and collect prize of $900,000 in prize money.
Listen it here:
The speech, published as an audio file, with a text transcript, on the Academy’s website, starts “When I first received this Nobel Prize for Literature, I got to wondering exactly how my songs related to literature. I wanted to reflect on it and see where the connection was. I’m going to try to articulate that to you. And most likely it will go in a roundabout way, but I hope what I say will be worthwhile and purposeful.”
The Swedish Academy’s permanent secretary Sara Danius said in a statement published on the Academy’s website that “The speech is extraordinary and, as one might expect, eloquent.
“Now that the Lecture has been delivered, the Dylan adventure is coming to a close.”
Dylan did not turn up for the Nobel awards ceremony or banquet in Stockholm last year. Instead, then US ambassador to Sweden Azita Raji read Dylan’s thank-you speech at the banquet.
In the statement, Danius also thanked Dylan and his staff “for having cooperated so beautifully.”