Fuss to receive MLA book award

Professor of English Diana Fuss has been selected to receive the Modern Language Association's James Russell Lowell Prize, awarded annually for an outstanding book written by a member of the association.

She will be honored for "The Sense of an Interior: Four Writers and the Rooms That Shaped Them," a study of the living and writing spaces of four well-known authors. Fuss spent eight years doing research for the book, published by Routledge in 2004, which examines the writing spaces of Emily Dickinson, Sigmund Freud, Helen Keller and Marcel Proust.

In selecting the volume the MLA said, "This richly generative book expresses and promotes a capaciousness of thought and mind, grounded by Fuss’ finely tuned 'sixth sense' and her unmatched capacity to recognize the power of space in the shaping of the imagination."

Fuss is the third Princeton professor to win the prize in its 36-year history. The award will be presented at the MLA's annual convention in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 28.

Fuss has been a faculty member at Princeton since 1988. She received the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2001.