The Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia has sponsored, for the last three years, a program of summer fellowships named in honor of Martin Battestin, emeritus professor of English at UVa, and his wife Ruthe, a literary scholar and member of the Society’s Council. The aim of the fellowships is to provide support for research in the UVa library by UVa graduate students who are working on bibliographical or textual projects. This year, four fellowships, each amounting to $3500, have been awarded.
The winners and the titles of their projects are:
- Andrew Ferguson, “The Shoaf Collection: William S. Burroughs’s Texts in Flux”;
- Christian F. Howard, “Reconstructing Faulkner’s Universe: The Fictional Status of the Extra-Textual Material in the World of Yoknapatawpha”;
- Benjamin Lee, “The Manufacture of Books and the Making of Robert Frost”; and
- Ethan C. Reed, “The Novels of John Dos Passos in the1930s: Physical Features and Literary Reception.”
The Selection Committee consisted of David Gants (English department of Florida State University and editor of Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America), G. Thomas Tanselle (president of the Bibliographical Society of UVA), and David Whitesell (curator in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at UVA and a member of the Society’s Council).