American poet Louise Glück receives Nobel Prize in Literature

by Laura Mize · Oct 8th, 2020 2:11 pm

Last Updated Oct 8th, 2020 at 10:13 pm

Louise Glück, a professor of English at Yale University, has received this year's Nobel Prize in Literature, the Nobel Committee announced Thursday.

Glück, 77, won "for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal," the committee said. In 1993, she won a Pulitzer Prize and received the National Book Award in 2014. President Barack Obama recognized her work with a 2015 National Humanities Medal.

Fifteen other women have won the prize in literature.

Anders Olsson, chairman of the committee, compared Glück to famed poet Emily Dickinson. Before Glück, the last two Americans to win the Nobel Prize in Literature were Bob Dylan in 2016 and Toni Morrison in 1993.


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