Academic journal article Early American Literature

Editor's Note

Academic journal article Early American Literature

Editor's Note

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A favorite topic of discussion among early Americanists on panels and at cocktail parties in recent years has been the lack of respect that the field gets from Americanists working in later periods and from the broader field of literary studies. It's time to find something else to grouse about.

In the notes to EAL 46.2 and 46.3 1 celebrated several award-winning books in our area. Two other recent works belong on that list: Joanna Brooks's American Lazarus: Religion and the Rise of African-American and Native American Literatures (Oxford UP, 2003), which was the winner of the Modern Language Association William Sanders Scarborough Award for outstanding book in African American literature; and Stephen Shapiro's The Culture and Commerce of the Early American Novel: Reading the Atlantic World-System (Penn State UP, 2009), which won Honorable Mention for the Best Book in American Studies sponsored by the British Association for American Studies.

Now I am delighted to add to this accumulating stack a work by longtime board member Phillip H. Round, whose Removable Type: Histories of the Book in Indian Country, 1663-1880 (U of North Carolina P, 2010; reviewed in this issue) has been awarded the James Russell Lowell Prize, the top book prize given by the Modern Language Association. …

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