The Arts

Bob Dylan: Messiah or Escape Artist?


Bob Dylan: Prophet, Mystic, Poet
by Seth Rogovoy
Scribner Books, 336 pp., $26

In 1978, a young graduate student traveling in India named Daniel Matt wrote to Gershom Scholem, the 80-year-old Professor of Jewish Mysticism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The letter discussed his experiences, his ambitious plans to translate the central text of Jewish mysticism, the Zohar, and, most of all, about Bob Dylan, who he hoped Scholem might appreciate.

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About the Author

Ron Rosenbaum, a columnist for Slate, is the author of Explaining Hitler and The Shakespeare Wars, and is working on a book on Bob Dylan for Yale University Press.

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