The Nobel Prize for Literature in 2020 has been awarded to American poet, Louise Gluck. The award has been announced by the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy Mats Malm. Malm, while announcing the prize in the Twitter handle of the Nobel Prize, claimed, “The 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature is awarded to the American poet Louise Glück ‘for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal’.”
Born in 1943, it was Gluck’s The House on Marshland that established her as a literary figure at the global stage. Gluck has been consistently writing poems which responds to the times we live in.
In 2018, the award was postponed after allegations of sexual abuse came up against the Swedish Academy, the body who chooses the winners and it sparked a lot of controversy. The award of 2018 was provided along with last year’s with 2018 prize going to Poland’s Olga Tokarczuk and the 2019 award going to Peter Handke.
Normally, the winner receives the Nobel from King Carl XVI Gustaf at a formal ceremony in Stockholm but due to the ongoing pandemic that has been replaced by a televised ceremony showing the laureates receiving their awards from their home countries.
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