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Gossman book awarded Mosse Prize

A book by Lionel Gossman, the M. Taylor Pyne Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures Emeritus, has won the American Historical Association's George L. Mosse Prize.

The book, "Basel in the Age of Burckhardt: A Study in Unseasonable Ideas" (University of Chicago Press, 2000), was honored as "an outstanding major work of extraordinary scholarly distinction, creativity and originality in the intellectual and cultural history of Europe since the Renaissance."

In the book, Gossman explores how the city of Basel, Switzerland, became a focal point for antimodernist thought in the 19th century. He concentrates primarily on the work of two scholars, Jacob Burckhardt and Johannn Jacob Bachofen.

A Princeton faculty member since 1976, Gossman has taught courses on 17th- and 18th-century French literature and on 19th-century European literature and politics. He was granted emeritus status in 1999 and is now affiliated with the new Department of French and Italian .

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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