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Dylan breaks silence over Nobel Literature Prize.

BOB Dylan said he was left "speechless" after learning he had become the first musician to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

The 75-year-old was controversially handed the prestigious accolade earlier this month for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition".

The Swedish Academy said Dylan, who is due to show a collection of art in London in November, acknowledged the prize for the first time this week in a phone conversation.

They said he told Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy: "I appreciate the honour so much."

And he said: "The news about the Nobel Prize left me speechless."

After failing to comment on the award immediately, Dylan was called "impolite and arrogant" by an official from the Academy.

But in an interview he said he "absolutely" wants to attend December's Nobel Prize Award Ceremony "if it's at all possible".

He said being awarded the prize was "hard to believe", adding it was "amazing, incredible."

"Whoever dreams about something like that?" Dylan became the first American to win the literature prize since Beloved author Toni Morrison in 1993.

His win was praised by literary figures and critics, with a leading academic hailing him as the Tennyson of our times.

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