The Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded on Thursday to Louise Glück, “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal.”
Gluck, one of America’s most celebrated poets, is the 16th woman to win the Nobel, and the first American woman since Toni Morrison took the prize in 1993.
At the Nobel announcement, Anders Olsson, the chair of the prize-giving committee, discribed her voice as unmistakable and full of humor.
“Louise Glück’s voice is unmistakable,” he said. “It is candid and uncompromising, and it signals this poet wants to be understood.” But he also said her voice was also “full of humor and biting wit.”
Born April 22, 1943, Gluck, an American poet and essayist has won many major literary awards, including the National Humanities Medal, Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Bollingen Prize. From 2003 to 2004, she was Poet Laureate of the United States.