May 26, 2015
Louise Glück has won the Gold Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
The Academy describes the history of the prize: “Since 1909 the Academy has awarded Gold Medals for distinguished achievement in several different categories of the arts. Beginning in 1950, the Academy has awarded two medals a year in the rotating categories of Belles Lettres and Criticism, and Painting; Biography and Music; Fiction and Sculpture; History and Architecture, including Landscape Architecture; Poetry and Music; and Drama and Graphic Art. Gold Medals are given for the entire work of the recipient.” Previous winners of this exceptionally distinguished honor include (going back in time) E. L. Doctorow, Steve Reich, John Updike, Stephen Sondheim, Joan Didion, Frank Gehry, R. W. B. Lewis, Harold Bloom, Philip Johnson, C. Vann Woodward, Jasper Johns, Robert Penn Warren, Leonard Bernstein, George Kennan, Louise Nevelson, Malcolm Cowley, I. M. Pei, Eudora Welty, Georgia O’Keefe, Tennessee Williams, W. H. Auden, Mies van der Rohe, William Carlos Williams, John Dos Passos, Aaron Copeland, Edward Hopper, Marianne Moore, Frank Lloyd Wright, Willa Cather, Robert Frost, Edith Wharton, Eugene O’Neill, and John Singer Sargent.