Why Dylan Matters (Paperback)
  • Why Dylan Matters (Paperback)
zoom

Why Dylan Matters (Paperback)

(author)
£9.99
Paperback 368 Pages / Published: 15/11/2018
  • 10+ in stock

Available

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect

A GUARDIAN AND INDEPENDENT BEST MUSIC BOOK OF THE YEAR

'At last an expert classicist gets to grips with Bob Dylan' Mary Beard

'Thomas's elegant, charming book offers something for everyone - not just the super-fans' Independent

When the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Bob Dylan, the literary world was up in arms. How could the world's most prestigious book prize be awarded to a famously cantankerous singer-songwriter in his Seventies, who wouldn't even deign to make an acceptance speech?

In Why Dylan Matters, Harvard Professor Richard F. Thomas answers that question with magisterial erudition. A world expert on Classical poetry, Thomas was initially ridiculed by his colleagues for teaching a course on Bob Dylan alongside his traditional seminars on Homer, Virgil and Ovid. Dylan's Nobel prize win brought him vindication. This witty, personal volume is a distillation of Thomas's famous course, and makes a compelling case for moving Dylan out of the rock n' roll Hall of Fame and into the pantheon of Classical poets. You'll never think about Bob Dylan in the same way again.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008245467
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 320 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A GUARDIAN AND INDEPENDENT BEST MUSIC BOOK OF 2017

'At last an expert classicist gets to grips with Bob Dylan. Richard Thomas takes us from Dylan's high school Latin club to his haunting engagement with Ovid and Homer in recent albums. He carefully argues that Dylan's poetry deserves comparison with Virgil's - and Thomas, senior professor of Latin at Harvard and author of some of the most influential modern studies of Virgil, should know!' Mary Beard

'A poignant blend of memoir, literary analysis through a classical lens, musicology and, above all, love. [Thomas] loves Dylan with a passion so selfless and so intense that it's impossible to emerge from the book untouched' Guardian

'Accessible and enjoyable ... Richard F Thomas's elegant, charming book offers something for everyone - not just the super-fans' Independent

'The book joyously bounces from topic to topic, mixing anecdotes about Dylan's creative process, historical concerts, and wry press conferences with penetrating literary critique - and no shortage of Thomas' own personal recollections of bonding with Dylan's music. A highly informed, yet intimately personal celebration of one of our most important living writers - not despite, but because of the medium in which he writes' NPR

'Secures Dylan's place in a pantheon of literary heroes from Virgil to Eliot. A critical breakthrough that makes a masterful case for why Dylan is the bard of our times' Andrew McCarron, author of Light Come Shining: The Transformations of Bob Dylan

'Thomas' outstanding, eminently readable, and beautifully bound work, answers that question in relation to his subject with a resounding 'Yes'. Dylan matters. Emphatically' Tribune

'Listen to Bob Dylan in performance. But read this book for help on how to hear his lyrics' Irish Examiner

You may also be interested in...

Sweet Dreams
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Malibu Rising
Added to basket
Life
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Wagnerism
Added to basket
£14.99   £12.99
Paperback
Nina Simone's Gum
Added to basket
£20.00
Hardback
Overpaid, Oversexed and Over There
Added to basket
The Storyteller
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback
Beethoven
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Will
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback
I Am Ozzy
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Hear Me Out
Added to basket
£20.00
Hardback
A Furious Devotion
Added to basket
Born to Run
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Just Kids
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Bunnyman
Added to basket
£20.00   £17.99
Hardback
Rememberings
Added to basket
£20.00   £17.99
Hardback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.