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The 2013 Christian Gauss Award Winner

The winner of the 2013 Christian Gauss Award is Jane Austen's Cults and Cultures by Claudia L. Johnson, published by The University of Chicago Press 

Christian Gauss Award  List of Previous Winners

  • 2012    Christopher B. Krebs, A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus's Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich,
    published by W.W. Norton.  
  • 2011    Randall Fuller, From Battlefields Rising: How the Civil War Transformed American Literature,
                 published by Oxford University Press. 
  • 2010    V.A. Kolve, Telling Images: Chaucer and the Imagery of Narrative II (Stanford University Press)
  • 2009    Christopher Benfey, A Summer of Hummingbirds: Love, Art, and Scandal in the Intersecting Worlds of
                Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, & Martin Johnson Heade (The Penguin Press)
  • 2008    Peter Brooks, Henry James Goes to Paris (Princeton University Press)
  • 2007    George Hutchinson, In Search of Nella Larsen: A Biography of the Color Line
                 (Bellknap Press of the Harvard University Press) 
  • 2006     Virginia Jackson, Dickinson's Misery: A Theory of Lyric Reading (Princeton
                  University Press)
  • 2005     Marjorie Garber, Shakespeare After All (Pantheon Books)
  • 2004     Lawrence Buell, Emerson (Harvard University Press)
  • 2003     R.F. Foster, The Irish Story: Telling Tales and Making It Up in Ireland (Oxford
                  University Press)
  • 2002     Susan Stewart, Poetry and the Fate of the Senses (The University of Chicago Press)
  • 2001     Michael West, Transcendental Wordplay: America's Romantic Punsters & the 
    Search for the Language of Nature (Ohio University Press)
  • 2000     Leonard Barkan, Unearthing the Past: Archaeology and Aesthetics in the
                  Making of Renaissance Culture (Yale University Press)
  • 1999     James Olney, Memory & Narrative: The Weave of Life-Writing (University of
                  Chicago Press)
  • 1998     Theodore Ziolkowski, The Mirror of Justice: Literary Reflections of Legal Crises
                  (Princeton University Press)
  • 1997     Anne Ferry, The Title to the Poem (Stanford University Press)
  • 1996     Paul Alpers, What is Pastoral? (University of Chicago Press)
  • 1995     Joseph Frank, Dostoevsky:  The Miraculous Years, 1865-1871
                  (Princeton University Press)
  • 1994     John T. Irwin, The Mystery to a Solution:  Poe, Borges, and the Analytic 
                  Detective Story (The Johns Hopkins University Press)
  • 1993     Eric J. Sundquist, To Wake the Nations:  Race in the Making of American
                  Literature (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press)
  • 1992     Lee Patterson, Chaucer and the Subject of History 
    (University of Wisconsin Press)
  • 1991     Richard D. Altick, The Presence of the Present: Topics of the Day in the 
                  Victorian Novel (Ohio State University Press)
  • 1990     Evelyn Barish, Emerson:  The Roots of Prophecy  
                  (Princeton University Press)
  • 1989     Harold Bloom, Ruin the Sacred Truths:  Poetry and Belief from the 
                  Bible to the Present (Harvard University Press)
  • 1988     David S. Reynolds, Beneath the American Renaissance:  The Subversive 
                  Imagination in the Age of Emerson and Melville (Knopf)
  • 1987     Leonard Barkan, The Gods Made Flesh:  Metamorphosis and the Pursuit 
                  of Paganism (Yale University Press)
  • 1986     Maynard Mack, Alexander Pope:  A Life   (Norton)
  • 1985     Peter M. Sacks, The English Elegy:  Studies in the Genre from Spense 
    to Yeats (Johns Hopkins University Press)
  • 1984     Irvin Ehrenpreis, Swift: The Man, His Works, and the Age, Volume III,
                  Dean Swift (Harvard University Press)
  • 1983     W. R. Johnson, The Idea of the Lyric:  Lyric Modes in Ancient and 
                  Modern Poetry (University of California Press)
  • 1982     Lawrence Lipking, The Life of the Poet:  Beginning and Ending Poetic
    Careers (University of Chicago Press)
  • 1981     Robert Bernard Martin, Tennyson:  The Unquiet Heart  
                  (Oxford University Press)
  • 1980     Donald L. Fanger, The Creation of Nikolai Gogol
    (Belknap-Harvard University Press)
  • 1979     Robert B. Heilman, The Ways of the World:  Comedy and Society
                  (University of Washington Press)
  • 1978     Charles R. Anderson, Person, Place, and Thing in Henry James’s 
                  Novels (Duke University Press)
  • 1977     Joseph Frank, Dostoevsky:  The Seeds of Revolt, 1821-1849 
    (Princeton University Press)
  • 1976     Elisabeth W. Schneider, T. S. Eliot:  The Pattern in the Carpet 
                  (University of California Press)
  • 1975     Robert Gittings, Young Thomas Hardy (Atlantic-Little, Brown)
  • 1974     Clarence Brown, Mandelstam (Cambridge University Press)
  • 1973     Gwyn Jones, Kings, Beasts, and Heroes (Oxford University Press)
  • 1972     Hugh Kenner, The Pound Era (University of California Press)
  • 1971     Carl Woodring, Politics in English Romantic Poetry 
                  (Harvard University Press)
  • 1970      Walter Jackson Bate, The Burden of the Past and the English Poet 
                   (Harvard University Press)
  • 1969     Louis Crompton, Shaw the Dramatist (University of Nebraska Press)
  • 1968     Barbara Herrnstein Smith, Poetic Closure:  A Study of How Poems End
    (University of Chicago Press)
  • 1967     Larzer Ziff, The American 1890s:  Life and Times of a Lost Generation 
    (Viking Press)
  • 1966     Wilfred Stone, The Cave and the Mountain:  A Study of E. M. Forster
                  (Stanford University Press)
  • 1965     Geoffrey H. Hartman, Wordsworth’s Poetry, 1787-1814 
    (Yale University Press)
  • 1964     Walter Jackson Bate, John Keats (Harvard University Press)
  • 1963     Joan Webber, Contrary Music:  The Prose Style of John Donne
    (University of Wisconsin Press)
  • 1962     Wayne C. Booth, The Rhetoric of Fiction (University of Chicago Press)
  • 1961     Charles R. Anderson, Emily Dickinson’s Poetry:  Stairway of Surprise
                  (Holt, Rinehart, and Winston)
  • 1960     Reuben Arthur Brower, Alexander Pope: The Poetry of Allusion
                  (Oxford University Press)
  • 1959     Margaret Gilman, The Idea of Poetry in France (Harvard University Press)
  • 1958     Cedric H. Whitman, Homer and the Heroic Tradition
                  (Harvard University Press)
  • 1957     Walter E. Houghton, The Victorian Frame of Mind:  1830-1870
                  (Yale University Press)
  • 1956     Walter Jackson Bate, The Achievement of Samuel Johnson
                 (Oxford University Press)
  • 1955     Louis L. Martz, The Poetry of Meditation (Yale University Press)
  • 1954     M. H. Abrams, The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical
    Tradition (Oxford University Press)


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