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The 2014 Christian Gauss Award Winner

The winner of the 2014 Christian Gauss Award is The Novel: An Alternative History, 1600-1800  by Steven Moore, published by Bloomsbury Academic

Christian Gauss Award  List of Previous Winners

  • 2013    Claudia L. Johnson, Jane Austen's Cults and Cultures, published by The University of Chicago Press
  • 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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