Bob Dylan: The "Mr. Tambourine Man" singer isn't a traditional laureate, having published little more than a well-received memoir and a collection of poems. However, the honor would be for his elliptical songs of rebellion and protest, many of which are dense with literary allusions that make him a favorite with the ivory tower crowd. He'll have to content himself with another world tour instead of a round-trip to Sweden.
Mo Yan's win means Thomas Pynchon, Alice Munro and Don DeLillo are once again left out in the cold.
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