I pasted below a message Lawrence Rainey (my co-editor) wrote me yesterday about a big book award he just won for both Eliot books. It doesn't seem that the essay on his proofreading hurt him at all.
Dear Lawrence Rainey,
On behalf of the Dedalus Foundation, I am writing to inform you that your
books, Revisiting The Waste Land and The Annotated Waste Land with Eliot's
Contemporary Prose, have been chosen as the winner of 2006 Robert
Motherwell Book Award, which is given annually by the Dedalus Foundation to
a outstanding publication in the history and criticism of modernism in the
arts. The award carries with it a prize of $20,000.
The members of this year's jury were Dore Ashton, John Elderfield, David
Rosand (chair), and Richard Shiff.
If you will kindly send me a letter at the address above to confirm your
acceptance of this Award, the Foundation will send you a check (or wire you,
following your preference) in the amount of $20,000.
We are pleased to be able to make this award, for which I also want to send
my personal congratulations and best wishes. Although I was not a member of
the jury, I too read your books with the greatest interest, admiration, and
P.S. Transatlantic mail being rather slow these days, I am sending this
email communication in advance of the letter that was recently mailed to
you. You need not wait for the hard copy of the letter in order to respond.
Department of English
Madison, NJ 07940