The Christian Gauss Award

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2018     Henry David Thoreau : a life by Laura Dassow Walls
2017     Shirley Jackson : a rather haunted life by Ruth Franklin
2016     The poetry of John Milton by Gordon Teskey
2015     Philology : the forgotten origins of the modern humanities by James Turner
2014     The novel : an alternative history, 1600-1800 by Steven Moore
2013     Jane Austen's cults and cultures by Claudia L. Johnson
2012     A most dangerous book : Tacitus's Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich by Christopher B. Krebs
2011     From battlefields rising : how the Civil War transformed American literature by Randall Fuller
2010     Telling images : Chaucer and the imagery of narrative II by V.A. Kolve
2008     Henry James goes to Paris by Peter Brooks
     In search of Nella Larsen : a biography of the color line by George Hutchinson
     Dickinson's misery : a theory of lyric reading by Virginia Jackson
2005     Shakespeare after all by Marjorie Garber
2004     Emerson by Lawrence Buell
2003     The Irish story : telling tales and making it up in Ireland by R. F. Foster
2002     Poetry and the fate of the senses by Susan Stewart
2001     Transcendental wordplay : America's romantic punsters and the search for the language of nature by Michael West
2000     Unearthing the past : archaeology and aesthetics in the making of Renaissance culture by Leonard Barkan
1999     Memory & narrative : the weave of life-writing by James Olney
1998     The mirror of justice : literary reflections of legal crises by Theodore Ziolkowski
1997     The title to the poem by Anne Ferry
1996     What is Pastoral? by Paul Alpers
1995     Dostoevsky : the miraculous years, 1865-1871 by Joseph Frank
1994     The mystery to a solution : Poe, Borges, and the analytic detective story by John T. Irwin
1993     To wake the nations : race in the making of American literature by Eric J. Sundquist
1992     Chaucer and the subject of history by Lee Patterson
1991     The presence of the present : topics of the day in the Victorian novel by Richard D. Altick
1990     Emerson : the roots of prophecy by Evelyn Barish
1989     Ruin the sacred truths : poetry and belief from the Bible to the present by Harold Bloom
1988     Beneath the American Renaissance : the subversive imagination in the Age of Emerson and Melville by David S. Reynolds
1987     The gods made flesh : metamorphosis and the pursuit of paganism by Leonard Barkan
1986     Alexander Pope : a life by Maynard Mack
1985     The English elegy : studies in the genre from Spenser to Yeats by Peter M. Sacks
1984     Swift : the man, his works, and the age, volume 3 : Dean Swift by Irvin Ehrenpreis
1983     The idea of the lyric : lyric modes in ancient and modern poetry by W. R. Johnson
1982     The life of the poet : beginning and ending poetic careers by Lawrence Lipking
1981     Tennyson : the unquiet heart by Robert Bernard Martin
1980     The creation of Nikolai Gogol by Donald L. Fanger
1979     The ways of the world : comedy and society by Robert B. Heilman
1978     Person, place, and thing in Henry James's novels by Charles R. Anderson
1977     Dostoevsky : the seeds of revolt, 1821-1849 by Joseph Frank
1976     T. S. Eliot : the pattern in the carpet by Elisabeth W. Schneider
1975     Young Thomas Hardy by Robert Gittings
1974     Mandelstam by Clarence Brown
1973     Kings, beasts, and heroes by Gwyn Jones
1972     The Pound era by Hugh Kenner
1971     Politics in English romantic poetry by Carl Woodring
1970     The burden of the past and the English poet by Walter Jackson Bate
1969     Shaw the Dramatist by Louis Crompton
1968     Poetic closure : a study of how poems end by Barbara Herrnstein Smith
1967     The American 1890s : life and times of a lost generation by Larzer Ziff
1966     The cave and the mountain : a study of E. M. Forster by Wilfred Stone
1965     Wordsworth's Poetry, 1787-1814 by Geoffrey H. Hartman
1964     John Keats by Walter Jackson Bate
1963     Contrary music : the prose style of John Donne by Joan Webber
1962     The rhetoric of fiction by Wayne C. Booth
1961     Emily Dickinson's poetry : stairway of surprise by Charles R. Anderson
1960     Alexander Pope : the poetry of allusion by Reuben Arthur Brower
1959     The idea of poetry in France : from Houdar de la Motte to Baudelaire by Margaret Gilman
1958     Homer and the Heroic Tradition by Cedric H. Whitman
1957     The Victorian frame of mind, 1830-1870 by Walter E. Houghton
1956     The achievement of Samuel Johnson by Walter Jackson Bate
1955     The poetry of meditation; a study of English religious literature of the seventeenth century by Louis L. Martz
1954     The mirror and the lamp : romantic theory and the critical tradition by M. H. Abrams
1953     Dante's drama of the mind : a modern reading of the Purgatorio by Francis Fergusson
1952     The Victorian temper, a study in literary culture by Jerome Hamilton Buckley
1951     Studies in seventeenth-century poetic by Ruth Wallerstein