Bibliographical Society

Winners of the 2019 Battestin Fellowships

The Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia, at its annual meeting on March 22, announced the winners of its seventh round of Battestin Fellowships.

The winners and the titles of their projects are:

  • Samuel Maxwell Grimes, “Transgression and Resistance in the Buddhist Commentary Padmavati”;
  • Lloyd Sy, “Creative History and the Manuscript of James Fenimore Cooper’s Mercedes of Castile”;
  • Michael J. VanHoose, “An Econometric Study of the British Fiction Market, 1800-1829″;
  • Madeline Lee Zehnder, “Early American Perspectives on ‘Pocket-Sized’ Books.”

President of the BSUVA, G. Thomas Tanselle, with this year’s Battestin Fellows. Left to right, Michael Van Hoose, Madeline Zehnder, Lloyd Sy, and Samuel Grimes.

These fellowships are named in honor of the late Martin Battestin, a distinguished professor of English at UVa, and his widow, Ruthe, a literary scholar and honorary member of the Society’s Council. The aim of the fellowships, each worth $3,500, is to provide summer support for research in the UVa library by UVa graduate students who are working on bibliographical or textual projects.

The Selection Committee consisted of Michael F. Suarez (professor of English and director of Rare Book School at UVa), 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).