Even if Bob Dylan doesn't win the Nobel Prize in literature tomorrow (and let's face it, at 25 to 1,
), the legendary singer-songwriter has found a way to make himself the talk of the publishing industry anyway.
In November, Simon & Schuster will publish
" edited and annotated by a team led by Christopher Ricks — it's a 960-page, 13-pound collection of Dylan's words from "Song to Woody" to "Roll on John." Only 3,500 copies will be printed, and Dylan fans will have to pony up $200 to buy one. (Unless they want to opt for the
, which will set them back $5,000.)
“Bob Dylan is one of the most important artists of our time," said Jonathan Karp, Simon & Schuster's publisher. "His work is sometimes compared to Shakespeare’s, and when I held this book in my hands, I couldn’t help thinking that what Christopher Ricks and his colleagues have produced will come to be regarded as the First Folio of Dylan studies. This is an extraordinary work — truly a collector’s item.”
This won't be Dylan's first book. In 1971, he published "
," a volume of prose poetry that was widely reviled by critics. More recently, he wrote "
," the first book in a planned three-volume memoir. That book was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award but later attracted controversy after