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The Nobel Prize for Literature for 2020 has been awarded to the American poet Louise Glück.

Born in 1943, Glück has won many awards in the United States including the Pulitzer Prize, Euronews reported.

She won the prestigious Nobel literary prize "for her unmistakable poetic voice that with austere beauty makes individual existence universal", said the Swedish Academy, the body that chooses the winners.

Glück's work is often inspired by myths and history, sometimes drawing on personal experiences and modern life. She has been described as an autobiographical poet.

The prize was announced in Stockholm by Mats Malm, the academy's permanent secretary.

New York-born Glück, 77, who is a professor of English at Yale University, made her debut in 1968 with “Firstborn,” and “was soon acclaimed as one of the most prominent poets in American contemporary literature,” the Nobel Academy said.

Her poetry is “characterized by a striving for clarity," often focusing on childhood and family life, and close relationship with parents and siblings, it said.

It noted her 2006 collection “Averno,” calling it “masterly” and “a visionary interpretation of the myth of Persephone’s descent into hell in the captivity of Hades, the god of death.”

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