FACULTY AWARD: Johnson to receive Gauss Award for book on Jane Austen

Claudia Johnson, the Murray Professor of English Literature, has been selected to receive the 2013 Christian Gauss Award from the Phi Beta Kappa Society for her book "Jane Austen's Cults and Cultures" (2012, University of Chicago Press). The award, given for a distinguished work of literary scholarship and criticism, is accompanied by a $10,000 prize, and will be presented Dec. 5 in Washington, D.C. The award was established in 1950 in honor of Christian Gauss, a former dean of the college and professor of Romance languages and literature at Princeton, who retired in 1946 after a 41-year career at the University. His papers are housed at Firestone Library.