Edith Wharton Collection Research Award

Edith Wharton Collection Research Award

Edith Wharton Essay Prize

1. Edith Wharton Collection Research Award 
Deadline: April 15, 2014

In 2014-2015, the Edith Wharton Society offers an Edith Wharton Collection Research Award of $500 to enable a scholar to conduct research on the Edith Wharton Collection of materials at the Beinecke Library at Yale University. This prize is made available thanks to the generosity of Conrad and Marsha Harper.

Prospective fellows are asked to submit a research proposal (maximum length 5 single-spaced pages) and a CV by the deadline to
Meredith Goldsmith
Department of English
Ursinus College
601 E. Main Street
Collegeville, PA 19426-1000
The research proposal should detail the overall research project, its particular contribution to Wharton scholarship, the preparation the candidate brings to the project, and the specific relevance that materials at the Beinecke collection have for its completion. The funds need to be used for transportation, lodging, and other expenses related to a stay at the library.
Notification of the award will take place and the award can be used from May 1, 2014 until May 1, 2015. A final report will be due June 1, 2015. The Winner will be asked at that point to submit a short report essay to the Edith Wharton Review, which will briefly inform the readers of the EWR of the research done but will not be in the way of the winner publishing a scholarly article elsewhere as well.


Research Award Winners

2012 Beinecke Collection and Mount Research Award Winners:

Beinecke Wharton Collection Award: Melanie Dawson, College of William and Mary, “Ageist Modernity: Generational Obsessions in the Work of Edith Wharton and Her Contemporaries”

Dawson will examine Wharton’s letters and drafts of her later fiction for clues to the ways in which her sense of age, beauty, and women’s cultural position were bound up in one another and the ways in which her understanding of these issues may have changed over time and across manuscript revisions.

Mount Research Award: Kaye Wierzbicki, Harvard University, “‘Thinking Away the Flowers’: Edith Wharton and a Return to Form.”

In addition to the Mount’s physical gardens,Wierzbicki will examine Wharton’s annotations and markings in scientific and evolutionary texts and the extensive collection of horticultural and landscape design texts in her library, spanning subjects from arboriculture to irises and from Italian Renaissance gardens to Japanese rock gardens. Wierzbicki will consider Wharton’s thinking about the relationship between text and garden and between garden and nation.

2011 Laura Rattray, Research on her chapter for Edith Wharton in Context (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press)

2010 Irene Goldman-Price, “Tonni and Herz: Forty Years of Correspondence from Edith Wharton to Anna Catherine Bahlmann”

2009 Donna Campbell for “Wharton and the Transnational Body: Gabrielle Landormy, Citizenship, and Modernity in the Late Works of Edith Wharton”

2008 Ferda Asya for “Transatlantic Anarchism in the Fiction of Edith Wharton”

2007 Shafquat Towheed for ” ‘Reading the Great War: a detailed examination of Edith Wharton’s reading and responses, 1914-1918’

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