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Anthony Cuda and Ronald Schuchard receive MSA 2015 Book Prize

Group photo of Dr. Anthony Cuda and Dr. Ronald SchuchardThe Modernist Studies Association has announced the winner of its 2015 MSA Book Prize for an Edition, Anthology, or Essay Collection.

The winner is volume 2 of “The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot: The Critical Edition.” The volume is “The Perfect Critic, 1919-1926.”

Dr. Anthony Cuda, associate professor of English at UNCG, and Dr. Ronald Schuchard, emeritus professor of English at Emory University, are co-editors of the 990 page volume collecting and annotating all of Eliot’s essays and literary reviews between 1919-1926.

During those seven pivotal years from 1919 to 1926, Eliot suffered a nervous breakdown, wrote “The Waste Land,” and became one of the foremost literary critics in England.

The volume is part of an immense project collecting all of Eliot’s non-fiction prose writings. It is expected to change how the readers around the world regard Eliot.

In presenting the award, the Modernist Studies Association said in a citation, “A monumental work of scholarly editing, the long overdue ‘Complete Prose of T.S. Eliot’ is sure to be widely used, appreciated, and admired. Volume II finds Eliot in his most prolific and indispensable years as a critic. Amidst such touchstones as the Sacred Wood essays, here one finds such important and previously uncollected material as neglected entries from the Dial ‘London Letters,’ reviews and regular commentaries from The Criterion, and unsigned book reviews from far-flung locations, on often surprising topics. While the entire edition, projected to eight volumes, constitutes a major achievement and an indispensable archive, Volume II is certain to be the one most used by scholars, most central to ongoing studies and re-evaluations of Eliot and the history of modernist criticism. Clear and easily grasped editorial principles and superb content notes speak to the dedication, diligence, and sound sense of the editorial team.”

See an earlier article on this work.

Visual: l-r, Schuchard and Cuda