And the Nobel goes to an American poetess

American poetess Louise Gluck was awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature for “her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal”, the Swedish Academy announced last Thursday. Her victory was considered to a certain extent surprising by many experts.

Born in New York in 1943, Gluck made her debut in 1968 with Firstborn, and was soon acclaimed as one of the most prominent poets in American contemporary literature. She has received several prestigious awards, including the Pulitzer Prize (1993) and the National Book Award (2014). Louise Gluck has published twelve collections of poetry and some volumes of essays on poetry, all of them centred on childhood, family life, and the close relationship with parents and siblings.

This year's awards have taken place under the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, which led to the cancellation of the splashy Nobel prize-giving ceremony held each December in Stockholm. Instead, a televised event will be held with winners receiving their honours in their home countries.

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