Faithful and Virtuous Night: Poems (Hardcover)

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Winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Poetry

A luminous, seductive new collection from the "fearless" (The New York Times)
Louise Glück, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

Louise Glück is one of the finest American poets at work today. Her Poems 1962–2012 was hailed as "a major event in this country's literature" in the pages of The New York Times. Every new collection is at once a deepening and a revelation. Faithful and Virtuous Night is no exception.

You enter the world of this spellbinding book through one of its many dreamlike portals, and 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; this is a story of the world you've always known, that first primer where "on page three a dog appeared, on page five a ball" and every familiar facet has been made to shimmer like the contours of a dream, "the dog float[ing] into the sky to join the ball."

Faithful and Virtuous Night
tells a single story but the parts are mutable, the great sweep of its narrative mysterious and fateful, heartbreaking and charged with wonder.

About the Author

Louise Glück (1943-2023) was the author of two collections of essays and thirteen books of poems. Her many awards included the Nobel Prize in Literature, the National Humanities Medal, the Pulitzer Prize for The Wild Iris, the National Book Award for Faithful and Virtuous Night, the National Book Critics Circle Award for The Triumph of Achilles, the Bollingen Prize for Poetry, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poems 1962–2012, and the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets. She taught at Yale University and Stanford University and lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Montpelier, Vermont.

Praise For…

“One reason Glück has proved so central to American poetry, for five decades now, lies in her remarkable talent for recapturing wonder. For all her disabused austerity, she remains a great poet of renewal . . . What makes Glück's latest collection, Faithful and Virtuous Night, so powerful is the inventiveness with which the poet responds not only to her own mortality, but to the entirely new vantage on the world that her predicament affords .” —Peter Campion, The New York Times Book Review

“Shifting between prosaic passages and her more familiar lyric investigations of family, loss, and time's tide, Glück's new collection of poems finds cinematic scope through a deeply personal lens. Moving and rich, her mastery of what she knows is matched only by her ease with the uncertain. 'A word drops into the mist,' she writes, 'like a child's ball into high grass.'” —Michael Andor Brodeur, The Boston Globe

“We go to Glück, as to all great poets, for what Frost called a 'clarification of life,' but, like Frost, whom she resembles in no other way, Glück wants the clarification without sacrificing the doubt. To do this, both poets make their revealed wisdom radically contingent upon circumstance. Nothing is final; certainty is an illusion. And so we find in Glück's work, as in Frost's, the temptation to truth tempered by the awareness of context.” —Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker

“Louise Glück just keeps getting better. One of our finest contemporary poets--as her collected poems showed two years ago--she has changed her aesthetic strategy over the years, moving away from adaptations of Greek and Roman myths toward a new oracular tone of her own.” —Arlice Davenport, Wichita Eagle

Product Details
ISBN: 9780374152017
ISBN-10: 0374152012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: September 9th, 2014
Pages: 80
Language: English