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Louise Glück and Other Nobel Prize Winning Authors

Posted about 1 month ago 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.

Cover of Ararat Ararat
Cover of The Wild Iris The Wild Iris
Cover of Proofs and Theories: Essays on Poetry Proofs and Theories: Essays on Poetry
Cover of The First Four Books of Poems The First Four Books of Poems
Cover of Meadowlands Meadowlands
Cover of The Seven Ages The Seven Ages
Cover of Averno Averno
Cover of Poems 1962-2002 Poems 1962-2002
Cover of Faithful and Virtuous Night 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:

Cover of Repetition Repetition
Cover of Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead
eBook   |   eAudiobook
Cover of Never Let Me Go Never Let Me Go
eBook   |   eAudiobook
Cover of The Unwomanly Face of War The Unwomanly Face of War
eBook
Cover of So You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighborhood So You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighborhood
hoopla
Cover of Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage
eAudiobook
Cover of Life and Death are Wearing Me Out Life and Death are Wearing Me Out
eBook   |   hoopla
Cover of Bright Scythe Bright Scythe
hoopla
Cover of The Neighborhood The Neighborhood
Cover of The Hunger Angel The Hunger Angel
eBook
Cover of Desert Desert
hoopla
Cover of Adore 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
hoopla
Cover of The Piano Teacher The Piano Teacher
hoopla
Cover of Summertime Summertime
Cover of Fateless Fateless
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Cover of A Bend in the River A Bend in the River
eAudiobook   |   Large print
Cover of Soul Mountain Soul Mountain
eAudiobook   |   hoopla
Cover of The Tin Drum The Tin Drum
eBook   |   hoopla   |   hoopla audio
Cover of Cain Cain
eBook   |   hoopla
Cover of We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!
Cover of Map Map
eBook   |   hoopla
Cover of 100 Poems 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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