Nobel Prize in literature winner is announced
This year’s Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded to the US poet Louise Glück.
US poet Louise Glück won the Nobel Prize in literature, the Swedish Academy announced on Thursday in Stockholm. Glück is a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who is also a professor of English Literature at Yale University.
Glück was recognized for “her unmistakable poetic voice, that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal” said the Swedish Academy, which oversees the award.
In addition, The Swedish Academy also described her as “one of the most prominent poets in American contemporary literature.”
Glück is the fourth woman to win the prize for literature since 2010, and only the 16th since the Nobel prizes were first awarded in 1901. The last American to win was Bob Dylan in 2016.
She debuted as a writer in 1968 with Firstborn, since then she published 12 collections of poetry, as well as volumes of essays on poetry.
Her 12 collections of poetry are “characterized by a striving for clarity”, the chair of the Nobel prize committee, Anders Olsson.
While, the Academy said her 2006 collection Averno was a “masterly collection, a visionary interpretation of the myth of Persephone’s descent into Hell in the captivity of Hades, the god of death”.
The 77-year-old poet has also previously been recognized with the National Book Award. Her works are “characterized by a striving for clarity,” often about the human condition, and deal with themes of childhood, family life, death, and human mortality, the Nobel Academy announced.