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Louise Glück wins 2020 Nobel Prize for Literature

Louise Glück wins 2020 Nobel Prize for Literature

Louise Glück, one of America's most renowned poets, has been awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature. She's the first female poet to win the prize since 1996. 

Glück is known for her many poetry collections, including The WIld Iris which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1993. She has written prolifically since her debut collection Firstborn in 1968, covering themes such as grief and family while drawing upon the imagery of classic mythology. 

Commenting on her win, Glück said that she was 'completely flabbergasted they would chose a white American lyric poet.

'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. But there’s also a kind of covetousness. You want your work honored. Everyone does.'

The Nobel Prize for literature was established in 1901, and has been awarded to a swathe of notable authors, including Kazuo Ishiguro, Albert Camus, Saul Bellow and Alice Munro.