Ziolkowski book receives Motherwell Award

June 27, 2005 9:42 a.m.

A book by Theodore Ziolkowski, the Class of 1900 Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature, has won a Robert Motherwell Book Award from the Dedalus Foundation.

The $20,000 prize honors an outstanding publication in the history and criticism of modernism in the arts.

Ziolkowski received the award for his book, "Ovid and the Moderns" (Cornell University Press, 2004), cited by the jury for exploring the modern relevance of a resonant poetic voice from classical antiquity.

Ziolkowski is an authority on German and European literature from Romanticism to the present. A former president of the Modern Language Association, he served as dean of the Graduate School for 13 years. He joined Princeton's German department in 1964 and transferred to emeritus status in 2001.