Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize silence "impolite and arrogant"

Swedish Academy member calls the great American folk singer's reaction to the award “predictable but disrespectful”

A member of the Nobel Prize panel has called Bob Dylan’s silence over his Nobel Prize for Literature “impolite and arrogant.”

The American folk legend was a surprise choice for the award and has yet to acknowledge the win.

Dylan was given the honour for “new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”

The Swedish Academy says it has failed to speak to the 75-year-old since making the announcement on 13 October.

Swedish writer and academy member, Per Wästberg said Dylan’s lack of reaction to the award was “predictable but disrespectful.”

“One can say that it is impolite and arrogant,” he told Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter adding “He is who he is.” 

Dylan's muted reaction to the award has prompted speculation that he may not attend the prize-giving ceremony in Stockholm on 10 December.

A short mention of the honour was posted on his website almost a week after the announcement, but it was later removed.

The songwriter's official Twitter and Facebook accounts also published brief mentions of the award.

Swedish Academy permanent secretary, Sara Danius said she was "not at all worried."

She told Swedish state radio SR: “I think he will show up ... If he doesn't want to come, he won't come. It will be a big party in any case and the honour belongs to him.”

Ms Danius said she has, “called and sent emails to his closest collaborator and received very friendly replies. For now, that is certainly enough.”