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Author of the Month: Louise Glück

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Our Author of the Month for November is Nobel Prizewinner Louise Glück.

A poet of terse compression and lyric charge, Glück builds atmospheric landscapes from unnervingly simple and understated language. Her thirteenth book, Winter Recipes from the Collective, is her first since winning the Nobel Prize in 2020; in her acceptance speech, she praised ‘the intimate, private voice, which public utterance can sometimes augment or extend, but never replace’; it’s that voice which sings and speaks throughout her work.

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A major career-spanning collection from the inimitable Nobel Prize-winning poetFor the past fifty years, Louise Gluck has been a major force in modern poetry, distinguished as much for the restless intelligence, wit and intimacy of her…

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Louise Glück's thirteenth book of poems is among her most haunting. Here as in The Wild Iris there is a chorus, but the speakers are entirely human, simultaneously spectral and ancient. Winter Recipes from the…

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The poems in this collection are written in the language of flowers. Louise Gluck received the Pulitzer Prize for The Wild Iris in 1993, and has also received the National Book Critics Award for Poetry and the Poetry Society of America's…

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'Brilliant poems of complex, haunting power... Averno may be Gluck's masterpiece' The New York Times Book ReviewAn acclaimed collection from the Nobel prize-winning poetThis startlingly original reworking of the Persephone myth takes us to…

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WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATUREA luminous collection of essays from Louise Glück, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and one of our most original and influential poetsFive decades after her debut poetry…

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Shortlisted for the 2014 Forward Prize for Best Collection 'At last the night surrounded me; / I floated on it, perhaps in it, / or it carried me as a river carries / a boat'. In Louise Gluck's new collection, night takes on the dimensions…

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Louise Gluck's collection is a work of ends and beginnings. Her poetry comes in white-hot sequences of passionate intensity. "Vita Nova" is a sequence of poems which dramatises the end of a relationship and the beginning of a new life.…

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Louise Gluck has long practised poetry as a species of clairvoyance. She began as Cassandra, at a distance, in league with the immortals. To read her books sequentially is to chart the oracle's metamorphoses into unwilling vessel, reckless,…

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From a fountain where 'all the roads in the village unite', concentric circles expand into the distance: the young and old, fields, a river, a mountain - the fountain's stone counterpart, where the roads end, human time superimposed on…

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Includes Penelope's Song in which the author interweaves in a book-length sequence an account of the dissolution of a contemporary marriage with the story of Homer's Odyssey. This collection of poetry also explores the notion of the nostos,…

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Averno, a crater lake in southern Italy, was for the Romans the entrance to the underworld, both gateway and impassable barrier between the living and the dead. In Louise Gluck's latest collection, Averno is the only source of heat and…

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