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Manhattan College President To Receive Robert Fitzgerald Prosody Award

Brennan O’Donnell, president of Manhattan College and a scholar of 19th-century British literature, will receive the 2014 Robert Fitzgerald Prosody Award on June 4 at West Chester University’s Poetry Conference, the largest poetry-only conference in the country. The award is presented to recognize scholars who have made a lasting contribution to the art and science of versification, and is the only prosody prize in the world.

Unique among literary and academic prizes, the Fitzgerald Award was established at West Chester University in 1999 in honor of the poet and critic Robert Stuart Fitzgerald, best known for his poetic translations of ancient Greek and Latin, in addition to several books of his own poetry.

O’Donnell is the 19th president of Manhattan College and began the role on July 1, 2009. He is the author of two studies of the poetic technique of William Wordsworth, entitled Numerous Verse and The Passion of Meter: A Study of Wordsworth’s Metrical Art. 

Past recipients of the Robert Fitzgerald Award include Derek Attridge, T. V. F. Brogan, Edward Weismiller, Paul Fussell, George T. Wright, Timothy Steele, Marina Tarlinskaya, John Hollander, Robert B. Shaw, Lewis Turco, Annie Finch, Thomas Cable and Charles Hartman.




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