Dylan talks: Ivanhoe, Moby and the muse | Joanne

Bob Dylan’s Nobel speech — he gave it just in time to collect the $900,000 literature prize — pays tribute to Buddy Holly, folk music and the books he read in school.

Don Quixote, Ivanhoe, Robinson Crusoe, Gulliver’s Travels, Tale of Two Cities, all the rest – typical grammar school reading that gave you a way of looking at life, an understanding of human nature, and a standard to measure things by. I took all that with me when I started composing lyrics. And the themes from those books worked their way into many of my songs, either knowingly or unintentionally. I wanted to write songs…

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