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Louise Glück (1943–2023)

Author of The Wild Iris

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About the Author

Louise Elizabeth Gluck, 1943 - Louise Gluck was born April 22, 1943 in New York City, New York. She grew up on Long Island and attended Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University, both in New York State. She is best known for her award winning collection entitled "The Wild Iris". After show more graduation, Gluck began teaching poetry, accepting positions at various colleges and universities. In 1968, her first collection entitled "Firstborn" was published. Seven years later she published "The House on the Marshland", and in 1985, "The Triumph of Achilles" won the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry. In 1993, she was an editor of The Best American Poetry anthology. Her last appointment was as Senior Lecturer in English at Williams College. Louise Gluck is considered one of the most gifted poets of her generation. Known for her well-crafted use of verse and meter, she first garnered attention with "Firstborn", a collection of poetry from 1968. Full of angry emotion and disturbing tone, her poetry deals with the horrible and painful. In 1985, "The Triumph of Achilles" was released to thunderous applause, gaining awards in every category. It received the National Book Circle Award, the Boston Globe Literary Press Award and the Poetry Society of America's Melville Kane Award. Gluck has received the Bollingen Prize in Poetry, the Lannas Literary Award for Poetry, fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundations and the National Endowments for the Arts. Her collection "Ararat", (1990) received the Rebekah Johnson Bobbett National Prize for Poetry. Other collections include "The Garden" and "The Wild Iris". The "Wild Iris", perhaps her most award winning collection acquired the highest honor possible in 1993, the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. It also received the Poetry Society of America's William Carlos Williams Award In 1994 she was named Poet Laureate of Vermont, and was elected as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. In 2003, she was named Poet Laureat of the United States. She was awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize for Literature. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Works by Louise Glück

The Wild Iris (1992) 994 copies
Averno: Poems (2006) 477 copies
Poems 1962-2012 (2012) 437 copies
Faithful and Virtuous Night (2014) 381 copies
First Four Books Of Poems (1995) 357 copies
Meadowlands (1996) 350 copies
Vita Nova (1999) 298 copies
Ararat (1990) 269 copies
The Seven Ages (2001) 250 copies
A Village Life (2009) 219 copies
The Best American Poetry 1993 (1993) — Editor — 129 copies
The Triumph of Achilles (1985) 91 copies

Associated Works

The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000) — Contributor — 1,268 copies
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Contributor, some editions — 927 copies
Crush (2005) — Foreword, some editions — 805 copies
The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry (1990) — Contributor — 762 copies
Contemporary American Poetry (1962) — Contributor, some editions — 385 copies
The Best American Poetry 2001 (2001) — Contributor — 223 copies
The Best American Poetry 1999 (1999) — Contributor — 208 copies
The Art of Losing (2010) — Contributor — 203 copies
The Best American Poetry 2002 (2002) — Contributor — 182 copies
The Best American Poetry 2003 (2003) — Contributor — 174 copies
The Best American Poetry 2007 (2007) — Contributor — 166 copies
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (2006) — Contributor — 163 copies
The Best American Poetry 2008 (2008) — Contributor — 136 copies
The Best American Poetry 2010 (2010) — Contributor — 121 copies
Poems from the Women's Movement (2009) — Contributor — 109 copies
The Best American Poetry 1992 (1992) — Contributor — 102 copies
The Best American Poetry 2015 (2015) — Contributor — 97 copies
Elsewhere, Vol. III (1984) — Contributor — 91 copies
The Best American Poetry 2013 (2013) — Contributor — 83 copies
Green Squall (Yale Series of Younger Poets) (2006) — Introduction, some editions — 71 copies
Gods and Mortals: Modern Poems on Classical Myths (1684) — Contributor — 69 copies
The Hungry Ear: Poems of Food and Drink (2012) — Contributor — 63 copies
The Ecopoetry Anthology (2013) — Contributor — 49 copies
The Best American Poetry 2021 (2021) — Contributor — 48 copies
Poetry (1962) — Contributor — 46 copies
2011 Pushcart Prize XXXV: Best of the Small Presses (2010) — Contributor — 39 copies
Frail-Craft (Yale Series of Younger Poets) (2007) — Introduction, some editions — 33 copies
Antaeus No. 75/76, Autumn 1994 - The Final Issue (1994) — Contributor — 32 copies
Modern Women Poets (2005) — Contributor — 13 copies
Poetry Magazine Vol. 109 No. 6, March 1967 — Contributor — 2 copies
Antaeus No. 18, Summer 1975 — Contributor — 2 copies
Antaeus No. 23, Autumn 1976 — Contributor — 1 copy


Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Glück, Louise
Legal name
Glück, Louise Elisabeth
Date of death
New York, New York, USA
Places of residence
New York, New York, USA
Sarah Lawrence College
Columbia University
professor (English)
American Academy of Arts and Letters (Literature, 1996)
Academy of American Poets (Chancellor)
Yale University
Stanford University
Awards and honors
Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (2003-2004)
Bollingen Prize (2001)
Lannan Literary Award ( [1999])
American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award ( [1981])
Wallace Stevens Award (2008)
Aiken Taylor Award (2010) (show all 7)
Nobel Prize in Literature (2020)
Steven Barclay Agency
Short biography
Louise Glück was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University. Her first book of poetry, Firstborn, appeared in 1968. She's considered by many to be one of America's most talented contemporary poets. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1993 for her collection The Wild Iris. She teaches at Yale University, where she is the Rosencranz Writer-in-Residence.




Look how the leaves drift in the darkness.
We have burned away
all that was written on them.
drbrand | May 14, 2024 |
seralv04 | 2 other reviews | Feb 14, 2024 |
Gluck is an amazing conceptual poet. And its here her ideas shine. Gluck tends to be very academic and sometimes inaccessible, however here she bends down the branch for you to pick from. Not every poem was great, and her style is ordinary, but there were a few poems that really shone, and I think they're worth reading and remembering.
Aidan767 | 2 other reviews | Feb 1, 2024 |
Arguments with god and mortality in a garden. The garden is the ubiquitous artifact observed occasionally through a window or from a porch. He appears, sometimes with a rake. But made objects are so scarce that when Presque Isle presents us with a dish a table within walls, a balcony sheet, and more we are overwhelmed with the human world and humanity, ripped like a wild flower from the melancholy contemplation of a brief, sometimes blighted, life.
quondame | 16 other reviews | Jan 24, 2024 |



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