Thursday, January 10, 2008

Congrats to Dan O'Donnell

Dan O'Donnell's recent book, Cædmon's Hymn: A Multimedia Study, Archive, and Edition (D. S. Brewer in assn. with SEENET and the Medieval Academy, 2005) won Honorable mention in the MLA's Prize for a Distinguished Scholarly Edition (they only designate two such).

The Committee's Citation for O'Donnell's book reads:

The three descriptive terms in the subtitle suggest what makes this
brief, but landmark, work so significant. Daniel Paul O'Donnell has
produced a distinguished study and edition of a text that is a
foundational one in the Old English literary canon, to which he has
added an archive of the surviving witnesses, comprehending all previous
work and adding significantly to it. The accompanying CD-ROM includes
not only the book's materials but also much additional editorial
material of the greatest scholarly value for studying the manuscripts in
detail, presenting color facsimiles of most of the witnesses. The
digital and the paper-based works are conceptually integrated, and both
are meticulous, thorough, and intellectually impressive.

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