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Robert Lowry Patten Award

The Robert Lowry Patten Award, established in 2012, is given in alternate years to either the best recent study in nineteenth-century British literary studies or the best recent study in British literary studies of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century.  The award consists of a certificate to the author and the publishing house and a monetary award to the author.

The Patten award was created to honor the distinguished scholarly career of Bob Patten, who for more than forty years was a professor of English at Rice University, and who for nearly thirty of those years was either editor or publisher and executive editor of SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900.

The award, made possible largely through gifts from Professor Patten's colleagues and friends, is managed by SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900.  Those seeking more information about the award process, or information on how to donate to the award fund, should contact SEL at 713-348-4697 or brownin@rice.edu.  

2017 Award Recipient:

Lucinda Cole

University of Illinois

for their contribution to Restoration and eighteenth-century British literary studies

Imperfect Creatures: Vermin, Literature, and the Sciences of Life, 1600-1740

University of Michigan Press

Read the full press release here.

Previous Award Recipients:
2016: Michel W. Pharand, Ellen L. Hawman, Mary S. Millar, Sandra den Otter, and M. G. Wiebe
Benjamin Disraeli Letters: 1868, Volume 10
 2015: Peter de Bolla, King's College, Cambridge University
 The Architecture of Concepts: The Historical Formation of Human Rights, Fordham University Press
 2014: Leah Price, Harvard University
How to Do Things with Books in Victorian London, Princeton University Press 

2013:  Thomas Lockwood, University of Washington

Henry Fielding Plays, Vol. 3: 1734–1742, Oxford University Press  

 2012:  Simon Goldhill, King's College, Cambridge University

Victorian Culture and Classical Antiquity: Art, Opera, Fiction, and the Proclamation of Modernity, Princeton University Press