Research Award Winners

See the main Awards page for current awards deadlines and descriptions.




Beinecke Award 

Gary Totten, Professor of English, North Dakota State University: “Wharton’s Wild West: Undine Spragg, Medora de Mores, and Dakota Divorce Culture”

The Mount Award 

Sheila Liming, Ph D candidate, English, Carnegie Mellon University: “Edith Wharton and Modern Economies of Book Ownership”


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 Beinecke Award 

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

2010 Beinecke Award 

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

2009 Beinecke Award 

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

2008 Beinecke Award 

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

2007 Beinecke Award 

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



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