American poet Louise Gluck wins 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature

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American poet Louise Gluck has won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature, the Swedish Academy announced on Thursday.

Major works of Louise Gluck are displayed during the prize announcement at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden, Oct. 8, 2020. [Photo/VCG]

"The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2020 is awarded to the American poet Louise Gluck 'for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal'," said Mats Malm, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy.

Malm said Gluck took the (winning) message "as a surprise" when she was informed of the prize.

He also said that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's Nobel literature awarding ceremony and lecture would be held in the laureate's own country and be transmitted digitally, and that the laureate "will be invited to Stockholm next year."

Gluck made her debut in 1968 with "Firstborn" and was soon acclaimed as one of the most prominent poets in American contemporary literature, said the Academy in a press release. 

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