The Nobel Prize in Literature 2020 has been awarded to American poet Louise Glück by the Royal Swedish Academy on Thursday.
The Nobel Prize, announcing the award on Twitter, wrote, “The 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature is awarded to the American poet Louise Glück “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal.”
Born in 1943 in New York, Glück made her literary debut with ‘Firstborn’ in 1968. She has published 12 volumes of poetry and some volumes pf essays on poetry.
In 2014, She received the National Book Award for ‘Faithful and Virtuous Night’. She was also awarded the Pulitzer Prize for ‘The Wild Iris’ (1992), which is one of her most lauded collections.
The works by 2020 Literature Laureate Louise Glück are characterized by a striving for clarity. Childhood and family life, the close relationship with parents and siblings, is a thematic that has remained central with her.
Acclaimed to be one of the most prominent poets in contemporary American literature, Glück was also appointed as the US poet laureate in 2003. In 2016, she also visited the White House to receive the National Humanities medal from the then US president Barack Obama.
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