L'Osservatore Romano, which frequently chimes in on pop culture, wrote a brief article about Thursday's award.
Dylan began his career as an acoustic singer-songwriter specializing in protest songs such as "Blowin' In The Wind".
"Dylan has the status of an icon", the Nobel Prize website stated.
In an interview following the announcement, Danius elaborated on the Swedish Academy's decision: "He is a great poet in the English-speaking tradition, and he is a wonderful sampler - a very original sampler", Danius explained. "His poetry and melody changed society".
In 2012, Dylan received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from U.S. President Barack Obama.
Professor Lucia Boldrini, head of the department for English and comparative literature at Goldsmiths, University of London, said Dylan being awarded the prize did not surprise her.
Dylan created a controversy at the Newport, Rhode Island, folk festival in 1965 when he set aside his acoustic guitar and played an electric guitar.
"There's an enormous, nearly a kind of unbelievability, that it finally happened", Ball said by telephone early Thursday.
Dylan's award will be welcomed by legions of fans around the world.
One of scientists' favorite singer-songwriters has just won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Salman Rushdie chimed in on Twitter, "From Orpheus to Faiz, song & poetry have been closely linked". In a televised interview afterward, Danius said that Dylan "embodies the tradition".
Times They Are a-Changin, Subterranean Homesick Blues and Like a Rolling Stone captured a spirit of rebellion, dissent and independence.
Scottish novelist Irvine Welsh was less impressed, however.
By his early 20s, he had taken the folk music world by storm. "Then "literature". Then compare and contrast".
- Malala Yousafzai, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, is the youngest Nobel laureate while the oldest recipient is Leonid Hurwicz, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2007.
Dylan's music and lyrics spoke to a generation of people during the tumultuous 1960s and helped galvanize the civil rights movement.
The Swedish Academy's logic in bestowing the accolade on Dylan is this: He has created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.
With Thursday's announcement, Dylan also becomes the 108th victor of the most prestigious literature award in the world.