Eliot prose receives Modernist Studies Association prize

This post re-publishes portions of a story by Maureen McGavin that appeared online at the Emory News Center.  Read the full story here.

The second volume of a JHUP’s monumental digital work, The Complete Prose of T.S. Eliot: The Critical Edition, coedited by Emory University’s Ron Schuchard and involving the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS), has won the Modernist Studies Association’s inaugural prize for a distinguished edition.

After decades of building relationships and literary sleuthing, Ron Schuchard is bringing the complete prose of acclaimed modernist T.S. Eliot to the world. Photo courtesy of Emory Photo/Video.

The prize is awarded to an edition, anthology, or essay collection, published in the previous year, which made the most significant contribution to modernist studies.

“I’m honored to receive and share this prize with my coeditor, professor Anthony Cuda (Emory Ph.D. 2004) at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, the Emory digital team, and the staff members of the Johns Hopkins University Press and Project Muse,” says Schuchard, Goodrich C. White Professor of English Emeritus at Emory.

The Complete Prose of T.S. Eliot is an eight-volume digital collection of Eliot’s published and unpublished works. The third volume was published in September, with the fourth slated to be released in December.

When complete, the fully searchable, integrative edition will include all of Eliot’s collected essays, reviews, lectures, commentaries, and letters to editors, including more than 700 uncollected and 150 unpublished pieces from 1905 to 1965. The editions are available from JHU Press on Project Muse.

“While the entire edition, projected to eight volumes, constitutes a major achievement and an indispensable archive,” the judges wrote, “Volume II is certain to be the one most used by scholars, most central to ongoing studies and re-evaluations of Eliot and the history of modernist criticism. Clear and easily grasped editorial principles and superb content notes speak to the dedication, diligence, and sound sense of the editorial team.”

Read more about The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot and The Poems of T. S. Eliot, both available from JHU Press.