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Bob Dylan Accused Of Plagiarising His Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

Singer/song-writer Bob Dylan is currently facing flak for plagiarising his Nobel Prize speech. Dylan delivered his speech via an audio link last week, just days before the deadline to claim the $900,000 pay check. Funnily enough, a huge chunk of his speech seems to have been ripped off from online cheat sheet – SparkNotes.

Listen to his 27-minute speech here:

Writer Ben Greenman was the first to blog that he couldn’t find a quotation that Dylan had cited in Moby-Dick: “Some men who receive injuries are led to God, others are led to bitterness.” In his lecture, Dylan also named All Quiet on the Western Front and The Odyssey as books that have stuck with him since childhood. 

Soon enough, others started discovering bits and pieces that trailed back to SparkNotes. Slate magazine analysed the portion of the lecture pertaining to Herman Melville’s book and found that “more than a dozen” of Dylan’s 78 sentences about it “appear to closely resemble lines from the SparkNotes site.” 

Dylan and his management are yet to comment on the matter.


Dylan, who won the Nobel prize in Literature last year, didn’t travel to Stockholm to accept the honorin December,  but instead, recorded the customary lecture in Los Angeles on June 4 and uploaded it on YouTube on June 5.

Bob Dylan was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize For Literature last year. He is the first musician to be awarded the Literature Nobel. Dylan’s name had been mentioned as a contender in the Nobel race for years, but few experts expected the academy to extend the prestigious award to a genre such as pop music.

Pic: The Odyssey Online