The Nobel Prize for literature was awarded to American poet Louise Gluck on Thursday “for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal.”
The prize was announced in Stockholm by Mats Malm, the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy.
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The award comes after several years of controversy and scandal for the world’s pre-eminent literary accolade.
This year the academy is likely to seek a more harmonious choice for the 10 million kronor (more than $1.1 million) prize.
On Monday, the Nobel Committee awarded the prize for physiology and medicine for discovering the liver-ravaging hepatitis C virus.
Tuesday’s prize for physics honored breakthroughs in understanding the mysteries of cosmic black holes, and the chemistry prize on Wednesday went to scientists behind a powerful gene-editing tool.
Still to come are prizes are for outstanding work in the fields of peace and economics.Photo Credit: Getty