Nobel Prize in Literature 2020

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The Nobel Prize in Literature 2020 has been awarded to American poet Louise Gluck for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal.

  • The American poet Louise Gluck was born 1943 in New York and currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Besides writing, she is an English professor at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
  • Louise Gluck's debut literary work was Firstborn, which released in 1968, following which she was regarded as one of the most prominent poets in the contemporary literature of America.
  • Louise Glück has won several prestigious awards including the Pulitzer Prize in 1993 and the National Book Award in 2014.

 

Louise Gluck:

  • Louise Glück has published twelve poetry collections and some volumes of essays on poetry. All her written pieces are characterized by a striving for clarity.
  • The main theme of her written work has revolved around childhood and family life and a close relationship with parents and siblings.
  • In most of her works, Glück seeks the universal and in this, she takes inspiration from myths and classical motifs.
  • Some of her works including The Triumph of Achilles (1985) and Ararat (1990) found a growing audience in the US and abroad. 
  • Louise Glück is not only affected by the shifting conditions of life, but she is also a poet of radical change and rebirth, where the forward leap is taken after a deep sense of loss.
  • In one of her most popular collections - The Wild Iris (1992), she described the miraculous return of life after winter in the poem ”Snowdrops”. She won the Pulitzer Prize for the literary piece.
  • Another one of her works - Averno (2006) is a masterly collection, which is a visionary interpretation of the myth of Persephone’s descent into hell in the captivity of Hades, the god of death.

 

Background

  • The Nobel Prize in Literature 2019 was awarded to Austrian author Peter Handke, while the Nobel Prize in Literature 2018 was awarded to Polish author Olga Tokarczuk.
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