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Louise Glück and Other Nobel Prize Winning Authors

Posted 10/21/20 by Eric P

The latest recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Louise Glück, is an American poet whose verse is accessible and straightforward – no deliberate obscurity or arcane allusions or off-putting architectural stanzas. There’s an almost plain-spoken intimacy to much of her writing. She crafts insights into relatable subjects – domestic relationships, family life, aging, death – by writing about observable, quotidian things like birds, gardens, bedrooms. The New York Times recently published an admiration of Gluck’s work which celebrated it for not being nice. And it’s true: if poetry is going to engage with this world, it can’t afford always to be nice.

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Ararat

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The Wild Iris

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Proofs and Theories: Essays on Poetry

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The First Four Books of Poems

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Meadowlands

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The Seven Ages

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Averno

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Poems 1962-2002

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Faithful and Virtuous Night

And if you’ve already read Glück and want to expand your horizons with some other recent and not-as-recent Nobel-winning writers, the Library’s got you covered:

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Repetition

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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

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Never Let Me Go

eBook   |   eAudiobook
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The Unwomanly Face of War

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So You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighborhood

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Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage

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Life and Death are Wearing Me Out

eBook   |   hoopla
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Bright Scythe

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Cover of The Neighborhood

The Neighborhood

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The Hunger Angel

eBook
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Desert

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Adore

eBook   |   hoopla
Cover of Silent House

Silent House

eBook   |   eAudiobook
Cover of Harold Pinter Complete Works Vol 1

Harold Pinter Complete Works Vol 1

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Cover of The Piano Teacher

The Piano Teacher

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Summertime

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Fateless

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Cover of A Bend in the River

A Bend in the River

eAudiobook   |   Large print
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Soul Mountain

eAudiobook   |   hoopla
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The Tin Drum

eBook   |   hoopla   |   hoopla audio
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Cain

eBook   |   hoopla
Cover of We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!

We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!

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Map

eBook   |   hoopla
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100 Poems

Prizes are weird. When asked about winning the Nobel, Glück said “It doesn’t make sense.” But even if you don’t love every writer the Nobel committee endorses – and I guarantee you won’t – they do create, when taken together, a vision of the range of human possibility in the reaction to violence, absurdity and hope.

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