It seems Bob Dylan has had a change of heart about his Nobel Prize win. After a week of silence, the Like A Rolling Stone singer had finally mentioned the prestigious accolade on his website but the title has now been abruptly removed.
Dylan, 75, became the first musician to receive the Nobel Prize in literature award on 13 October. The revered musician did not immediately react to his latest milestone but a week later, described himself as "winner of the Nobel prize in literature" on his official website.
However, the sentence has been removed from the page promoting his new book The Lyrics: 1961-2012, described as a "beautiful, comprehensive volume" of his best lines. It is not known why the Nobel Prize acknowledgement was removed but it has added to the mystery of what Dylan truly thinks about the award.
Even the Swedish Academy are unaware of whether Dylan will attend the awards ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden on 10 December, where King Carl Gustav is expecting to present the singer with his Nobel Prize.
Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, told radio station SR: "Right now we are doing nothing. I have called and sent emails to his closest collaborator and received very friendly replies. For now, that is certainly enough."
If Dylan does indeed reject the Nobel Prize, he would not be the first. In 1964, Nobel Prize in literature winning-author Jean-Paul Sartre wrote a letter to the academy stating that he would be declining the award.
Explaining his decision, Sartre wrote: "A writer who adopts political, social, or literary positions must act only with the means that are his own – that is, the written word... All the honours he may receive expose his readers to a pressure I do not consider desirable." However, Sartre's wishes were not honoured as the letter arrived after the academy had already made their decision to make him a laureate.
Dylan has not avoided the spotlight entirely as the singer is currently in the midst of a US tour. Just hours after his Nobel Prize win, the Times They Are A-Changin singer performed in Las Vegas before appearing at California's Desert Trip festival later that week. Dylan's next Never Ending Tour show takes place on 22 October at the Global Events Centre in Thackerville, Oklahoma.