Acclaimed American poet and Nobel laureate in literature Louise Glück has died at the age of 80.
She received a Nobel in 2020, becoming the first American poet to win the honour since TS Eliot more than 70 years earlier.
Her poems often spoke of trauma and disillusion, with her most famous poem, “Mock Orange”, questioning the value of love and sex.
Jonathan Galassi, her editor at Farrar, Straus and Giroux, confirmed her death to the Associated Press on Friday.
Glück was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2020. He was a poet of succinct candour, often sadness, who worked in allusions to classical mythology amid reminiscences and philosophical insights.
The Nobel Committee praised “her unmistakable poetic voice that makes individual existence universal with austere beauty.” Her poems, which were often brutally sharp and only a page or two long, demonstrated her dedication to “the unsaid, to suggestion, to eloquent, deliberate silence.”
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Glück, a New York native, published over a dozen books of poetry in her lifetime, as well as essays and a brief prose fable, Marigold and Rose. Her work was influenced by classical mythology, Shakespeare, and T.S. Eliot, among other things.
She won the Pulitzer Prize in 1993 for Wild Iris, a collection of poems about suffering, death, and rebirth. Other collections include The Seven Ages, The Triumph of Achilles, Vita Nova, and the anthology Poems 1962-2012.
In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, Glück has received numerous other literary honours, including the Bollingen Prize for lifetime achievement in 2001, the National Book Award in 2014 for Faithful and Virtuous Night, and the National Humanities Medal in 2015 for her “decades of powerful lyric poetry that defies all attempts to label it definitively.”
She was also the US poet laureate from 2003 to 2004, and she taught generations of aspiring writers at universities such as Stanford and Yale.
Glück was born on April 22, 1943 in New York City to Eastern European Jews and raised on Long Island. Her father, Daniel Glück, was a businessman who was partly responsible for inventing the X-Acto knife, and her mother, Beatrice Glück, was a housewife.
Her interest in poetry began at a young age, but her later education was hampered by anorexia nervosa, which consumed much of her adolescence and early twenties. Glück, who was too frail to attend college, sat in on classes at Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University, where she met poet-teachers Léonie Adams and Stanley Kunitz.
She later attributed her life – and ability to write – to seven years of intensive psychoanalysis when she was in her twenties. “I learned to think through analysis.” “Taught me to use my tendency to object to articulated ideas about my own ideas, taught me to use doubt, to examine my own speech for its evasions and excisions,” she said at a Guggenheim Museum lecture in 1989. “The longer I waited to reach a conclusion, the more I saw.” I was also learning to write, I believe.” She was publishing poems in the New Yorker, the Atlantic Monthly, and other magazines by her mid-twenties.
Her first collection of poems, Firstborn, was published in 1968, and it preceded years of writer’s block; her second collection, The House on Marshland, was published in 1975, and it was a critical and commercial success.
Following works, such as The Wild Iris and Ararat, became examples of creative reinvention and challenge. “The advantage of poetry over life is that poetry, if it is sharp enough, may last,” she wrote at one point.
Glück married and divorced twice, first in 1967 to Charles Hertz Jr., and again in 1977 to John Dranow, with whom she had a son, Noah.
This article was updated on October 13, 2023, because an earlier version incorrectly stated that Louise Glück was the first American Nobel laureate in literature since 1948.
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