Experts appear to have made the shocking discovery that Bob Dylan plagiarized the content of much of his Nobel Prize speech!
Initially, writer Ben Greenman noticed that much of Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech appeared to be lifted from Herman Melville’s classic Moby-Dick, and he made a blog post about it. However, it wasn’t long before other’s noticed. And shockingly, he appears to have lifted speech text from SparkNotes of the novel, not the actual novel.
It’s not the first time the aging folk star has recycled music and lyrics as his own. In fact, during his ventures into painting, he also has famously used other artists work as inspiration, quite brazenly.
Originally, it appeared as though Dylan accepted the Nobel Prize for Literature with great reluctance. When he finally accepted, it was with much humility and disbelief. In his banquet speech, which was read by American Ambassador Azita Raji, he asked: “Are my songs literature?”
Official lecture with stolen verse
By the skin of his teeth, Dylan finally submitted an audio recording of his acceptance speech for the prize money of $900,000. It was all rather poignant, with Dylan citing his musical influences as will as his literary ones.
As well as Moby Dick, Dylan expressed his deep passion for the works All Quiet on the Western Front and The Odyssey. However, it would be his quotes from Moby Dick that would raise eyebrows. Slate magazine journalist Andrea Pitzer would dig deep into the research. She examined exactly what sources that Dylan pilfered when writing his speech.
During the 22-minute speech, Dylan would poignantly quote: “Some men who receive injuries are led to God, others are led to bitterness.” For all intents and purposes, one would assume that this was a direct quote from Moby-Dick.
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