Robert Lowry Patten Award

The Robert Lowry Patten Award, established in 2012, is given in alternate years to either the best recent study in British literary studies of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century or the best recent study in British literary studies of the Nineteenth 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

All review copies received by our office are automatically placed in the running for the Dietz or Patten awards. There is no special application or submission process, other than to see that the journal has received your book or books to process for our omnibus reviews.

2019 Award Recipient:

Cynthia Wall

University of Virginia

for her contribution to British literary studies of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century

Grammars of Approach: Landscape, Narrative, and the Linguistic Picturesque

University of Chicago Press


Previous Award Recipients:

2018: Yopie Prins, University of Michigan
Ladies' Greek: Victorian Translations of Tragedy
Princeton University Press


2017: Lucinda Cole, University of Illinois
Imperfect Creatures: Vermin, Literature, and the Sciences of Life, 1600-1740
University of Michigan Press


2016: Michel W. Pharand, Ellen L. Hawman, Mary S. Millar, Sandra den Otter, and M. G. Wiebe
Benjamin Disraeli Letters: 1868, Volume 10
University of Toronto Press


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