American poet Louise Glück wins the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature
- The American poet is the latest recipient of the
Nobel Prize in Literature.
- The Nobel Assembly chose her for the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature ‘for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal’.
- Glück is already the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in 1993 and the National Book Award in 2014.
AdvertisementAmerican poet Louise Glück has won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal,” said the Nobel Assembly.
Glück was born 1943 in New York and currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
She is a professor of English at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. She made her writing debut in 1968 with Firstborn and was soon acclaimed as one of the most prominent poets in American contemporary literature.
Glück is already the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in 1993 and the National Book Award in 2014. So far, she has published 12 collections of poetry and some essays.
“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,” the Nobel Assembly Noted.
The Nobel Prize honours authors who contribute their finest work in the field of literature and the recipients are chosen by a panel at the Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm.
The prestigious award comes with a gold medal and prize money of 10 million kronor (over $1.1 million), courtesy of a bequest left more than a century ago by the creator of the awards, Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel. The amount was increased recently to adjust for inflation.
Last year, the Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to Peter Handke, "for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience."
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