On Wednesday, Yale English Professor Louise Glück was named a 2014 National Book Award for Poetry finalist for her most recent book, Faithful and Virtuous Night.
Glück has won a laundry list of literary awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Yale Bollingen Prize. She was also the 2003 National Poet Laureate.
An overview of Faithful and Virtuous Night’s issued by its publisher reads as follows:
“You enter the world of this spellbinding book through one of its many dreamlike portals. Each time you enter, it’s the same place but it has been arranged differently. You were a woman. You were a man. This is a story of adventure, an encounter with the unknown, a knight’s undaunted journey into the kingdom of death…[It] tells a single story but the parts are mutable, the great sweep of its narrative mysterious and fateful, heartbreaking and charged with wonder.”
Glück has published ten books of poetry and one collection of essays, for which she netted the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction.
There are five finalists in the poetry category of the National Book Award. The winner will be announced on November 19.