American poet Louise Glück awarded 2020 Nobel Prize in literature

The Nobel Prize for literature has been awarded to American poet Louise Glück “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal.” The prize was announced Thursday in Stockholm by Mats Malm, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy. Thursday's award comes after several years of scandals and wildcard picks by the Swedish Academy. In 2018 the award was postponed after sex abuse allegations rocked the Swedish Academy, the secretive body that chooses the winners, and sparked a mass exodus of members. After the academy revamped itself in a bid to regain the trust of the Nobel Foundation, two laureates were named last year, with the 2018 prize going to Poland's Olga Tokarczuk and the 2019 award to Austria's Peter Handke.

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