Awards

The Poe Studies Association recognizes contributions to Poe research with honorary memberships and with the Patrick F. Quinn, James W. Gargano, and J. Lasley Dameron awards.

Honorary Membership is given to scholars whose contributions to Poe research are significant and who show exemplary commitment to the goals of the PSA. 

Honorary Members of the Poe Studies Association:
Jay B. Hubbell, 1974
Maureen Cobb Mabbott, 1974
Floyd Stovall, 1974
Richard Hart, 1975
John Ward Ostrom, 1975
Arlin Turner, 1977
Eric W. Carlson, 1978
Alexander G. Rose III, 1978
Richard P. Benton, 1978
Kenneth Walter Cameron, 1978
Richard Wilbur, 1981
Frederick Dannay, 1981
James W. Gargano, 1983
Burton R. Pollin, 1985
David K. Jackson, 1986
Benjamin Franklin Fisher IV, 1987
G.R. Thompson, 1988
J. Lasley Dameron, 1988
Patrick F. Quinn, 1989
Daniel Hoffman, 1995
John E. Reilly, 2000
Michael Deas, 2001
E.L. Doctorow, 2001
Dennis W. Eddings, 2002
J. Gerald Kennedy, 2003
Carol Pierce, 2003
Jeffrey A. Savoye, 2003
Richard Kopley, 2007
Susan Jaffe Tane, 2009
Stephen Loewentheil, 2009
Barbara Cantalupo, 2014
Alexander Hammond, 2014
Carole Shaffer-Koros, 2015
Heyward Ehrlich, 2015
Shoko Itoh, 2015
Harry Lee Poe, 2015

The Patrick F. Quinn Award for outstanding monographs on Poe was established in 1999 in honor of the late Patrick Quinn, author of The French Face of Edgar Poe, editor of the Library of America volume Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry and Tales, and honorary member of the PSA. Initiated by a gift from Mrs. Shirley Quinn, and supplemented by family and friends, it has been given to the authors of these books:

1999
Terence Whalen, Edgar Allan Poe and the Masses (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1999).

2004
Scott Peeples, The Afterlife of Edgar Allan Poe (Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2004).

2008
Burton R. Pollin and Jeffrey A. Savoye, eds., The Collected Letters of Edgar Allan Poe (Staten Island, NY: The Gordian Press, 2008).

2010
Benjamin F. Fisher, ed., Poe in His Own Time: A Biographical Chronicle of His Life, Drawn from Recollections, Interviews, and Memoirs by Family, Friends, and Associates (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2010).

2014
Barbara Cantalupo, Poe and the Visual Arts (State College, PA: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2014).

The James W. Gargano Award for outstanding articles on Poe was established in honor of James Gargano, the author of landmark articles on Poe's fiction and a founding member of the PSA. Established by Mrs. Margaret Gargano and Stephen Loewentheil, it has been given to the authors of these articles:

2002   In its inaugural year, the Gargano award was given to 2 outstanding essays: 

J. Gerald Kennedy. The American Turn of Edgar Allan Poe. Baltimore: The Edgar Allan Poe Society, 2002. (Article-length booklet based on his Baltimore Poe Society commemorative lecture.) 

Jeffrey A. Savoye. “A ‘Lost’ Roll of Marginalia.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review 3.2 (Spring 2002): 52-72.

2003
Maurice S. Lee. “Absolute Poe: His System of Transcendental Racism.” American Literature 75.4 (2003): 751-781.

2005
Adam Frank. “Valdemar’s Tongue, Poe’s Telegraphy.” ELH 72 (2005): 635-662.

2006
Laura Saltz. “‘Eyes which Behold’: Poe’s ‘Domain of Arnheim’ and the Science of Vision.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review 7.1 (2006): 4-30.

2007
Matthew Taylor. “Edgar Allan Poe’s (Meta)Physics: A Pre-History of the Post-Human.” Nineteenth Century Literature 62.2 (Sept. 2007): 193-221.

2008
Cindy Weinstein. “When Is Now? Poe’s Aesthetics of Temporality.” Poe Studies 41 (2008): 81-107.

2009
Bonita Rhoads. “Poe’s Genre Crossing: From Domesticity to Detection.” Poe Studies 42.1 (2009): 14-40.

2010
Brett Zimmerman. “Phrenological Allegory in Poe’s ‘The Fall of the House of Usher.’” Mosaic 43.1 (March 2010): 57-72.

2011
Stephen Rachman. “Poe’s Drinking, Poe’s Delirium: The Privacy of Imps.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review 12.2 (2011): 6-40.

2012
Paul Lewis. “Longfellow’s Serenity and Poe’s Prediction: An Antebellum Turning Point.” The New England Quarterly 85.1 (March 2012): 144–158.

2013
Emron Esplin. “Borges’s Philosophy of Poe’s Composition.” Comparative Literature Studies 50.3 (2013): 458-489.

2014
Jerome McGann. “‘The Bells,’ Performance, and the Politics of Poetry.” The Edgar Allan Poe Review 15.1 (2014): 47-58.

2015
Mitchell C. Lilly. “Edgar Allan Poe’s The (Unnatural) Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym.” Poe Studies 48 (2015): 34-57.

The J. Lasley Dameron Award for outstanding Poe bibliographies or essay collections was established in 2016 with the support of the Dameron family. The award honors the late Lasley Dameron who served as president of the Poe Studies Association from 1978 to 1980, edited the PSA Newsletter, published numerous articles and chapters on Poe, and compiled two important Poe bibliographies. 

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