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American poet Louise Glück wins 2020 Nobel Prize for Literature


His work, which oscillates between poetry and reflection on poetic writing, had previously earned him important awards and recognitions, including the Pulitzer Prize for literary work.

By Adela Suliman - NBC News

American poet Louise Glück was announced on Thursday as the winner of the 2020 Nobel Prize for Literature for "her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal," the Swedish Academy announced.

Glück's poetry is "characterized by an effort for clarity", often focusing on childhood and family life, and parent-sibling relationships, the academy said.

The daughter of Hungarian immigrants, Glück was born in New York in 1943 and is the author of numerous works;

the most recent is 'Faithful and Virtuous Night'.

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"In her poems, the 'I' listens to what remains of her dreams and illusions, and no one can be harder than her to face the illusions of the 'I'," added the Swedish institution about Glück.

The poet had already won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for poetry for her most praised collection, 'The Wild Iris'.

She is currently a professor of English at Yale University, and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University.

She was the 


poet laureate 

, or poet laureate, between 2003 and 2004;

that designation is given to whoever serves as the country's official "poet" for one year and consults for the Library of Congress.

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Former President Barack Obama said in 2015, awarding Glück a national medal for the arts and humanities, that his "inquisitive poems capture the silent drama of nature and the silent emotions of ordinary people."

And she praised her work as an educator for having "inspired generations of young poets."

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In December, Glück will receive a prize of 10 million Swedish crowns (more than 1.1 million dollars) along with a gold medal, courtesy of a legacy left 124 years ago by the creator of the prize, Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel.

The Nobel Prize in Literature has had a difficult few years.

In 2018, the award was postponed after allegations of sexual abuse against members of the Swedish Academy, the secret body that chooses the winners.

The complaints caused a massive exodus of members.

The academy was renovated in an attempt to regain the trust of the Nobel Foundation and last year awarded Polish novelist Olga Tokarczuk and Austrian writer Peter Handke the deferred literature awards of 2018 and 2019, respectively.

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Handke's prize caused a storm because of his support for Serbia during the Balkan wars of the 1990s. Several countries, including Albania, Bosnia, and Turkey, boycotted the Nobel Prize ceremony in response, and a committee member who nominated candidates for the prize for literature resigned.

Previous winners of the Nobel Prize in Literature include writers Ernest Hemingway, Toni Morrison, Bob Dylan, Wole Soyinka, and Kazuo Ishiguro.

On Monday, the Nobel Committee announced the medicine award for discoveries related to the hepatitis C virus, which devastates the liver.

On Tuesday, the physics award was announced in honor of advances in understanding the mysteries of cosmic black holes, and the chemistry award, unveiled on Wednesday, went to two scientists behind a genome-modifying tool.

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With information from AP

Source: telemundo

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