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Margaret P. Hannay, Ashgate author of Mary Sidney, Lady Wroth (2010), Ashgate Critical Essays on Women Writers in England, 1550-1700 (2009) and Domestic Politics and Family Absence (2005), was pleasantly surprised when during a discussion of Sidney works at the International Congress on Medieval Studies earlier this month, she was presented with the Jean Robertson Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Sidney Society. To the rest of us familiar with Hannay’s body of work and her various professional accomplishments, like colleagues, Michael Brennan and Mary Ellen Lamb, we knew it was only a matter of time.
Brennan says, “Margaret Patterson Hannay has long been a leading figure in the study of women writers of the English Renaissance and especially of the Sidney family of Penshurst, Kent. Her wide-ranging scholarship is always coupled with an elegant and incisive delivery of her findings…Her many and authoritative publications will be long valued by other scholars and they stand as an impressive and lasting tribute to her deep knowledge and love of the literature of the English Renaissance.”
“Many” publications is an understatement. Hannay has written and published fifteen books—five of which we are proud to say have been with Ashgate. In addition to those, Hannay has written well-over fifty essays and co-edited nine collections of Sidney letters and, according to Lamb, these contributions to the field “are long-lasting and will be cited by scholars for years to come.”
However, the International Sidney Society, Brennan, and Lamb are not the first or only parties over the years to have taken notice of Hannay’s scholarly works. Hannay has received countless honors, dating back as early as 1986 when she received a National Endowment for the Humanities. Prior to this most recent achievement, she received the Book of the Year Award from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women (SSEMW) in 2010 for her book, Mary Sidney, Lady Wroth. Elaine V. Beilin of Framingham State College described Hannay’s book as:
“a deeply impressive work of scholarship, notable for its remarkable scope and meticulous detail. The book brims with valuable information and astute observations about Wroth’s literary career, marriage, children and social life, and corrects the record on a number of key points with new archival evidence. “
Also in 2010 the SSEMW awarded her the Josephine A. Roberts Edition award for The Correspondence of Dorothy Percy Sidney, Countess of Leicester (2010), also an Ashgate book which she edited with Noel J. Kinnamon and Michael G. Brennan.
There is no doubt then of the deservingness of each of these individual awards over the years. Consequently, they serve as overwhelming proof that Hannay has, in fact, achieved a lifetime of accomplishments, making this latest recognition all the sweeter. It is with our greatest pleasure that we congratulate her on her Lifetime Achievement Award.
Margaret Hannay has been a faculty member at Siena since 1980. Her specialty is the literature of early modern England and she currently teaches Elizabethan Literature, English Renaissance Literature, and Shakespeare, as well as the Honors course Great Books for first year students. She has served as chair of the core curriculum committee, of the committee to establish the Honors program, and of the English department.
For more information on Hannay’s publications with Ashgate, please click on the following links:
Mary Sidney, Lady Wroth – Currently offered at a discounted price!
Ashgate Critical Essays on Women Writers in England, 1550-1700
The Correspondence of Dorothy Percy Sidney, Countess of Leicester
Domestic Politics and Family Absence