New York City-born poet Louise Glück was awarded the Nobel Literature Prize on Thursday “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal,” the Swedish Academy said.
Glück, 77, a professor of English at Yale University, is considered one of the best contemporary poets, with her work focusing on themes of childhood and family life.
She is the first female poet since Poland’s Wislawa Szymborska in 1996, and the first American since Bob Dylan in 2016.
Raised on Long Island, Glück graduated from Hewlett High School and made her debut in 1968 with “Firstborn” and “was soon acclaimed as one of the most prominent poets in American contemporary literature,” the Academy said.
She previously won the Pulitzer Prize in 1993 for her collection “The Wild Iris” and the National Book Award
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