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by Richard F. Thomas
Publication Date: 16 Nov 2017
Harvard Classics professor and celebrated ‘Dylanologist’ Richard F. Thomas makes a compelling case for why the music and lyrics of Bob Dylan endure and inspire us.
Professor Richard Thomas, whose wildly popular Harvard course has been dubbed ‘Dylan 101’, is breeding a new crop of Dylan fans. His course is a testament to the ongoing relevance and the intergenerational appeal of Bob Dylan, inciting lively debates on subjects that range from sexism in ‘Just Like a Woman’, to the eclectic literary references in Dylan’s work.
Growing out of the course, Why Dylan Matters is a celebration of Dylan’s genius that explores his music in the context of the last half-century and puts his work in the tradition of classical poets like Virgil and Homer. Thomas probes the question of why Dylan’s work continues to resonate and to speak to us today, particularly in light of his award of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature.
Hardback 208 pages