Nobel Prize For Literature 2020

  • The 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to the American poet Louise Glück ‘for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal’.
  • Glück, the 16th woman to win the literature prize, has published 12 collections of poetry and several volumes of essays on poetry. Her writing is characterized by a striving for clarity and focuses on themes of childhood and family relationships.
  • Glück is a professor of English at Yale University in Connecticut. She made her debut in 1968 with "Firstborn," and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1993.
  • The first woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature was Selma Lagerlöf (Sweden) who won the prize in 1909.
  • The Nobel Prize in Literature is awarded by The Swedish Academy, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Last year's decision to give the Nobel literature award to Peter Handke was deeply controversial, with critics calling it "shameful" because of his comments on the Yugoslav Wars and ties to former Serbian leader Slobodan Milošević, who was charged with war crimes.