Louise Glück: Winner – The Nobel Prize in Literature 2020 October 11, 2020 – Posted in: Literary Lifestyle – Tags: Louise Gluck, Nobel Prize In Literature, Nobel Prize Winner 2020
The Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded on the 8th of October to Louise Glück, one of America’s most celebrated poets, for “her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal.”
Some of her works include;
The Wild Iris for which she won a Pulitzer Prize in 1993
Faithful and Virtuous Night which won the 2014 National Book Award for Poetry.
According to The NewYork Times, Glück said she was “completely flabbergasted that they would choose a white American lyric poet.” She was stunned, she said in the interview, to receive the award when so many other exceptional American poets and writers have been overlooked. “When you think of the American poets who have not gotten the Nobel, it’s daunting,” she said. “I was shocked.”
Her first collection – Firstborn – was published in 1968 and while it was well received by critics, she wrestled with writers’ block afterward and took a teaching position at Goddard College in Vermont. Working with students inspired her to start writing again, and she went on to publish a dozen volumes of poetry. Glück is the first female poet to be awarded the prize since Wislawa Szymborska, a Polish writer, in 1996. Other poets to have received the award include Seamus Heaney, the Northern Irish poet, who won in 1995. She is the first American to win since Bob Dylan in 2016.
“I thought my chances were very poor, and that was fine, because I treasure my daily life and my friendships, and I didn’t want my friendships complicated, and I didn’t want my daily life sacrificed,” she said. “But there’s also a kind of covetousness. You want your work honored. Everyone does.” – Louise Glück