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Friday, October 19, 2012

James Holly Hanford Award

I've just learned that Feisal Mohamed's 2011 book Milton and the Post-Secular Present: Ethics, Politics, Terrorism has been awarded this year's James Holly Hanford Award by the Milton Society of America.  The Hanford Award is the society's plum award, the book prize which goes each year to honor a particularly distinguished new volume in the field of Milton Studies.  He'll officially accept the award at a Milton Society event in early January.   

I've written in this space before about how gratifying such awards are, because they signal the highest level of admiration and approval from the very experts best positioned to judge the value of a scholarly book.  This one is especially impressive to me personally because, as an early modernist myself, I am familiar with the books that have previously been so honored.  The scholars on that list are pretty much a who's who of Milton studies.  Or, rather, they will be now, once Feisal Mohamed's name is added.

Congratulations, Feisal!

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