Linda Connors Wins Bela Kornitzer Book Award

Posted by Ally Berthiaume, Marketing Coordinator

National Identity in Great BritainAshgate is proud to announce that Linda Connors, co-author (with Mary Lu MacDonald) of National Identity in Great Britain and British North America, 1815–1851, received the Bela Kornitzer Book Award, for the best nonfiction book by an alumnus of Drew University published in the past two years.  Only two prizes were given at the University’s biennial Library Gala, one to a Drew faculty member and one to a graduate. Connors is Senior Librarian for Collections, Emerita, at Drew University. Her research and writing have centered on the early nineteenth-century periodical press in Great Britain.

The 2011 book, National Identity in Great Britain, for which she won the award, examines the complex world of print culture in the nineteenth century and illustrates how periodicals in the United Kingdom and British North America shaped and promoted ideals about national identity. Victorian Periodicals Review stated that the book “structures its comparative study of nineteenth-century identity messages around five themes…politics and economics, religion, women and children, the idea of progress and imperial relations” and includes a comprehensive bibliography as well as a very useful appendix.

The Bela Kornitzer Book Award was established twenty years ago by Alicia Kornitzer Karpati and husband, George Karpati, to honor Alicia Karpati’s brother, Bela Kornitzer, an achieved author and journalist in both Hungary and the United States.  The Bela Kornitzer collection is one of several special collections housed at the Drew University Library.

We are pleased to see an Ashgate author honored with such an award and congratulate her on her success.

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