American poet Louise Glück wins Nobel Prize in Literature
American poet Louise Gluck speaks with the media, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, outside her home in Cambridge, Mass. Gluck, a professor of English at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., won the 2020 Nobel Prize for literature "for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal." (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)STOCKHOLM – Louise Glück, an American poet long revered for the power, inventiveness and concision of her work and for her generosity to younger writers, has won the Nobel Prize in Literature. “As one of our most celebrated American poets, we are thrilled that Louise Glück has received this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature," Michael Jacobs, chairman of the Academy of American Poets, said in a statement. In 2018, the award was postponed after sex abuse allegations rocked the Swedish Academy, which names the Nobel literature committee, and sparked a mass exodus of members.
Peter Handke's Nobel literature prize win sparks outrage
(CNN) - The decision to award Austrian writer Peter Handke a Nobel Prize in Literature has sparked widespread outrage, with critics calling it "shameful" that the award has been given to a "genocide denier." Handke won the Nobel "for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience," according to the Swedish Academy, the cultural institution responsible for awarding it. CNN has contacted the Swedish Academy for comment. The Nobel Foundation told CNN that it "never comments upon the Prize awarding institutions' independent selections of Nobel Prize laureates." "It was very courageous by the Swedish Academy, this kind of decision," he told reporters, according to Reuters.
Nobel Prizes in Literature awarded to Peter Handke, Olga Tokarczuk
(CNN) - The 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Austrian author Peter Handke, while the 2018 award, postponed from last year, was given to Polish author Olga Tokarczuk. Handke won the award "for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience." And Tokarczuk will take home the 2018 award "for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life." Two prizes were awarded this year after the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature was postponed in the wake of a sexual and financial scandal that engulfed the Swedish Academy, the cultural institution responsible for awarding it. The decision did not affect the other Nobel prizes, which are awarded separately.