Posted on October 16, 2023 at 7:56 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Award-winning poet Louise Glück has died at the age of eighty.

While she received "practically every honor available," in the words of her New York Times obituary, the one that brought her name in front of even the poetry-averse was the Nobel Prize for Literature, which came in 2020.

You can catch up on her decades-long career through other obituaries (the Guardian and NPR) and through the work itself, thanks to the five poems that the NYT has highlighted as perfect starting points.

She wasn't the only literary loss reported over the weekend (or even the only one named Louise, as it turns out).

Louise Meriwether, a Black author who emerged at the same time as Toni Morrison and Maya Angelou but who never received the same fame, died at the age of 100.

And Colette Rossant, a cookbook author and food memoirist, died at the age of ninety-one.

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