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Stanford University Press books win prizes

A Stanford University Press book, The Title to the Poem, by Anne Ferry, has won the Phi Beta Kappa Society's award for outstanding literary scholarship or criticism. The Christian Gauss Award, along with a cash prize of $2,500, was presented to the author at the annual Phi Beta Kappa Senate dinner in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 5.

Three other Stanford Press books have won major prizes in recent months. William B. Taylor's Magistrates of the Sacred: Priests and Parishioners in Eighteenth-Century Mexico has won three awards ­ the 1997 Albert J. Beveridge Award presented by the American Historical Association for the best English-language book on the history of the Americas; the Herbert Eugene Bolton Memorial Prize awarded by the Conference on Latin American History; and the 1997 Bryce Wood Book Award presented by the Latin American Studies Association.

Press author Susan Ramirez received honorable mention from the Bolton Prize committee for her book, The World Turned Upside Down: Cross-Cultural Contrast and Conflict in Sixteenth-Century Peru.

Press author Dauril Alden's book, The Making of an Enterprise: The Society of Jesus in Portugal, the Empire, and Beyond, 1540-1750, was awarded the American Catholic Historical Association's John Gilmary Shea Prize for the most original and significant contribution to the historiography of the Catholic Church.


By Diane Manuel

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