RSVP Colby Prize: Nominations Sought

Call for Nominations
Robert Colby Scholarly Book Prize

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals is very pleased to award the annual Robert Colby Scholarly Book Prize for a scholarly book that most advances the understanding of the nineteenth-century British newspaper and/or periodical press.  All books exploring periodicals of the period are eligible (including single-author monographs, edited collections, and editions) as long as they have a publication date of 2009.  The winner will receive a plaque and a monetary award of up to $3,000, and will be invited to speak at the RSVP conference at Yale University in New Haven (September 10-11, 2010). The prize was made possible by a generous gift by Vineta Colby in honor of Robert Colby, a long and devoted member of RSVP and a major scholar in the field of Victorian periodicals.

Previous winners of the Colby Prize are:

  • 2009:  Catherine Waters, Commodity Culture in Dickens’s Household Words: The Social Life of Goods (Ashgate)
  • 2008:  Kathryn Ledbetter, Tennyson and Victorian Periodicals: Commodities in Context (Ashgate).
  • 2007: David Finkelstein, Ed., Print Culture and the Blackwood Tradition (University of Toronto Press).
  • 2005-2006: Linda Hughes, Graham R.: Rosamund Marriott Watson, Woman of Letters (Ohio University Press) and Peter Morton, The Busiest Man in London: Grant Allen and the Writing Trade, 1875-1900 (Palgrave).

To nominate a book please email Kathryn Ledbetter (KLedbetter@txstate.edu) by December 1, 2009.  Self-nominations are welcome.

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