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Nobel Prize Winner Poet Louise Gluck Passes Away

Utkarsh Classes Last Updated 17-10-2023
Nobel Prize Winner Poet Louise Gluck Passes Away Death 4 min read

Louise Gluck, a celebrated poet who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2020, passed away at the age of 80.

About Louise Gluck's Poetry

  • Louise Gluck was renowned for her unreserved examination of family and childhood using a distinct and austere beauty in her poetry. 
  • The Swedish Academy, responsible for Nobel Prize selection, for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal.
  • In her lifetime, Louise Gluck authored a total of 12 poetry collections and numerous essay volumes. 
  • Hailing from New York, she became the 16th woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, the most prestigious accolade in the literary realm.
  • As an English professor at Yale University, Louise Gluck gained significant recognition when her collection of poems titled "Firstborn" was published in 1968. She subsequently established herself as one of the most renowned poets and essayists in modern American literature.
  • In 1993, Gluck received a Pulitzer Prize for her poetry compilation "The Wild Iris," with the eponymous poem delving into themes of suffering and richly weaving in natural imagery. 
  • Her work incorporated personal experiences, as well as universal themes that resonate with readers both in the United States and around the world.

Louise Gluck's Husband

  • Despite going through two divorces and battling anorexia during her youth, her work resonated with a broad audience. 

Other Facts About Louise Gluck 

Louise Gluck held the position of Poet Laureate of the United States during 2003-04 and was honored with the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama in 2016.

Nobel Prize 

The Nobel Prize was founded in the memory of Alfred Nobel, who, in his will, asked to set up a foundation to give prizes to those persons or institutions that, during the preceding year, have conferred the greatest benefit to "humankind". The Nobel Foundation was set up in 1900, and the first prize was given in 1901.

 Nobel Prize in Literature 

  • Between 1901 to 2023, the Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded 116 times to 120 persons.
  • Sully Prudhomme of France was the first recipient of the Literature Prize in 1901.
  • The 2022 prize was awarded to Ms.Annie Ernaux of France.

Indian Nobel Prize Winner in Literature

Rabindranath Tagore is the only Indian to get the Nobel Prize in Literature (1913). He was the first Asian to get a Nobel prize.

2023 Nobel Prize in Literature

The Swedish Academy has chosen Norwegian author Jon Olav Fosse for the 2023 Nobel Prize in Literature.




Answer: Louise Gluck was a celebrated poet, awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2020.

Answer: Firstborn, and "The Wild Iris

Answer: 2020

Answer : Jon Olav Fosse of Norway

Answer: Rabindranath Tagore
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