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Bob Dylan accused of borrowing some of Nobel lecture from study guide

By: Reuters

Bob Dylan has been accused of borrowing heavily for part of the Nobel Literature Prize lecture he finally delivered to the Swedish Academy last week.

The singer-songwriter’s remarks on how the book “Moby Dick” influenced him bear a close similarity to the SparkNotes summaries of the Herman Melville classic novel, according to an analysis on Slate.com.

SparkNotes.com provides study guides for students in literature and other fields.

Author Andrea Pitzer, writing on Slate.com on Tuesday, listed some 20 sentences from the portion of Dylan’s lecture on “Moby Dick” that closely resembled phrases or ideas on the SparkNotes website on the book.

They included lines from Dylan’s online lecture such as “Ahab’s got a wife and child back in Nantucket that he reminisces about now and then.”

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