American poet Louise Glück has been awarded The Nobel Prize for literature “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal.”
Glück frequently reworks Greek myths of Persephone, Demeter, Odysseus & Achilles to explore family, desire & death.
The prize was announced by Mats Malm, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy on Thursday in Stockholm.
Glück joins Giorgos Seferis and Odysseas Elytis in the prestigious ranks of Nobel poets.
“Glück seeks the universal, and in this she takes inspiration from myths and classical motifs, present in most of her works. The voices of Dido, Persephone, and Eurydice — the abandoned, the punished, the betrayed — are masks for a self in transformation, as personal as it is universally valid,” a professor of English at Yale University said.
She had previously won the Pulitzer Prize in 1993 for her collection The Wild Iris, and the US National Book Award in 2014.
The 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature is awarded to the American poet Louise Glück “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal.”#NobelPrize pic.twitter.com/Wbgz5Gkv8C
— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 8, 2020