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Winner of the 2018 European Society for the Study of English Book Prize

The 2018 European Society for the Study of English (ESSE) Book Prize for Literature in the English Language has been awarded to Catherine Maxwell, for her illuminating monograph, Scents and Sensibility: Perfume in Victorian Literary Culture. The prize was awarded at the 14th ESSE Conference held in Brno, Czech Republic, for books first published in 2016 and 2017.

Her highly original study, combining textual analysis, biographical details, and Victorian perfume production, culture and symbolism, has received excellent reviews in leading literary journals. The ESSE selection committee commended the book’s meticulous scholarship, referring to it as ‘a very unique source for a full understanding and appreciation of Victorian literature, culture and society in terms of self-adornment, perfume taste, sensuousness, carnality, personality, class and gender.’

Read the full review on the ESSE Book Awards page.

(September 27, 2018)

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