DrAmerican poet and Nobel Prize winner in Literature, Louise Gluck, has died at the age of eighty, a spokeswoman for Yale University, where Gluck taught, confirmed on Friday. The author was honored with the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Gluck, who was born in New York in 1943, began her singing career in the late 1960s. Over the course of her long career, she has received numerous awards, including the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for her poetry collection Wild Iris and the 2014 National Book Award for Faithful and Noble Night. The main themes of her poems included childhood and family life, and the not always harmonious, sometimes fatal, relationships between parents and siblings.
In 2020, she became the sixteenth woman in history to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. At the time, the Nobel Committee praised how Gluck drew inspiration from “classical myths and motifs” in her search for the “universally good.” She gave, as an example, the 2006 poetry collection “Averno” – a new description of the ancient myth of Persephone, in which Gluck addresses themes such as farewell and return, beauty, nature, or the possibilities and impossibility of love.
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