John Donne Society Award
for Distinguished Publication

* Indicates an award given after the award period for a meritorious work that should have received an award but was not considered because of its failure to appear in the MLA Bibliography during the award deliberation period. This problem subsequently was corrected as a result of the 2011-2012 change in the awards deliberation process.


Claire Eager, “A Fountain for the Countess: Co-Creating Paradise in Donne's ‘Twicknam Garden.’” Studies in Philology 117.3 (Summer 2020): 520-578.

Erin A. McCarthy, Doubtful Readers: Print, Poetry, and the Reading Public in Early Modern England. Oxford University Press, 2020.


Joshua Eckhardt, Religion Around Donne. Penn State UP, 2019.

Katrin Ettenhuber, “Sex and the Disjunctive Syllogism: The Logic of Love in Donne's Poetry.” ELH 86.3 (2019): 639-668.

Katherine Calloway, “A ‘Metaphorical God’ and the Book of Nature: John Donne on Natural Theology.” Studies in Philology 116.1 (2019): 124-158.

Ramie Targoff, “Marriage and Sacrifice: The Poetics of the Epithalamia” in Spenser and Donne: Thinking Poets, ed. Yulia Rhyzik, pp. 171-182. Manchester UP, 2019.


Lara M. Crowley, Manuscript Matters: Reading John Donne's Poetry and Prose in Early Modern England. Oxford UP, 2018.

Timothy M. Harrison, “John Donne, the Instant of Change, and the Time of the Body.” ELH 85.4 (2018): 909-939.

Alison Knight, “With a Cloven Tongue: Hebrew Double Readings and Donne’s ‘The Lamentations of Jeremy, for the Most Part According to Tremellius.’” John Donne Journal 34 (2015): 193-212.


Judith Scherer Herz, Ed., and Contributors Calvin Bedient, Stephen Burt, Joseph Campana, Mark Dow, Heather Dubrow, Katie Ford, Kimberly Johnson, Sean H. McDowell, Alicia Ostriker, Molly Peacock, Carl Phillips, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Jonathan F. S. Post, and Stephen Yenser, John Donne and Contemporary Poetry: Essays and Poems. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

Achsah Guibbory, “Reconsidering Donne: From Libertine Poetry to Arminian Sermons.” Studies in Philology 114.3 (2017): 561-90.

Mary Ann Lund,“Donne’s Convalescence.” Renaissance Studies: Journal of the Society for Renaissance Studies 31.4 (2017): 532-48.

Rebecca M. Rush, “Licentious Rhymers: John Donne and the Late-Elizabethan Couplet Revival.” ELH 84.3 (2017): 529-58.


Katherine Bootle Attié, “Bound to Know, Bound to Love, Bound to Last: Donne’s Forms of Containment.” John Donne Journal 33 (2014): 95-130.

Emily L. King, “Affect Contagion in John Donne’s Deaths Duell.” SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 56.1 (2016): 111-30.

David Marno, Death Be Not Proud: The Art of Holy Attention. University of Chicago Press, 2016.

Sebastiaan Verweij, “Sermon Notes from John Donne in the Manuscripts of Francis Russell, Fourth Earl of Bedford.” English Literary Renaissance 46.2 (2016): 278-313.

2015: one book; one cluster of articles

Gregory Kneidel, John Donne and Early Modern Legal Culture: The End of Equity in the Satyres. Pittsburgh, PA: Duquesne UP, 2015.

Sarah Powrie, “Speculative Tensions: The Blurring of Augustinian Interiority in The Second Anniversarie” (pp. 1-18); Ryan Netzley, “Learning from Anniversaries: Progress, Particularity, and Radical Empiricism in John Donne’'s The Second Anniversarie” (pp. 19-44); and Michael Ursell, “The Pneumatics of Inspiration in the Anniversary Poems” (pp. 45-58).  Connotations: A Journal for Critical Debate 25.1 (2015-16).

2014: no book; two book chapters

Michael Martin, “A Glass Darkly: John Donne’s Negative Approach to God” (pp. 47-84) in Michael Martin, Literature and the Encounter with God in Post-Reformation England. Farnham, England: Ashgate, 2014.

Brooke Conti, “Conversion and Confession in Donne’s Prose” (pp. 50-74) in her book, Confessions of Faith in Early Modern England.   Philadelphia, PA: U of Pennsylvania Press, 2014.


John R. Roberts, John Donne: An Annotated Bibliography of Modern Criticism, 1996-2008 (Greenville, NC: DigitalDonne, 2013).

Catherine Gimelli Martin, “Experimental Predestination in Donne’s Holy Sonnets: Self-Ministry and the Early Seventeenth-Century ‘Via Media,’” Studies in Philology, 110.2 (2013): 350-381.

John N. Wall, Virtual Paul’s Cross Project (Digital Publication, 2013): .


Theresa Dipasquale, “From Here to Aeviternity: Donne’s Atemporal Clocks,” Modern Philology 110.2 (2012): 226-252.

Mingjun Lu, “Chinese Chronology and Donne’s Apologetic Exegesis in Essayes in Divinity,” John Donne Journal: Studies in the Age of Donne 31 (2012): 165-201.


Daniel Starza Smith, “Busy Young Fool, Unruly Son? New Light on John Donne Junior.” The Review of English Studies 62.256 (2011): 538-61.

Hilary Binda, “‘My Name Engrav’d Herein’: John Donne’s Sacramental Temporality,” Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies 23.4 (2011): 390-414.


Chanita Goodblatt, The Christian Hebraism of John Donne: Written With the Fingers of Man’s Hand (Pittsburgh, PA: Duquesne University Press, 2010), 256 pp.

David Colclough, “Upstairs, Downstairs: Doctrine and Decorum in Two Sermons by Donne,” Huntington Library Quarterly 73.2 (2010): 163-91.

Ilona Bell, “Oral Sex and Verbal Tricks – John Donne and Renaissance Sexual Practice,” John Donne Journal 29 (2010): 45-76.


Piers Brown, “Donne’s Hawkings,” Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 49.1 (Winter 2009): 67-86.

Thomas Festa, “The Metaphysics of Labor in John Donne’s Sermon to the Virginia Company,” Studies in Philology 106.1 (Winter 2009): 76-99.

*Kate Narveson, “Donne the Layman Essaying Divinity,” John Donne Journal 28 (2009): 1-30.

*Paul J. Stapleton, “A Priest and a ‘Queen’: Donne’s Epigram ‘Martial,’” John Donne Journal 28 (2009): 93-118.


Piers Brown, “‘Hac ex Consilio Meo Via Progredieris’: Courtly Reading and Secretarial Mediation in Donne’s The Courtier’s Library,” Renaissance Quarterly 61.3 (Fall 2008): 833-866.

*Cedric C. Brown, “Presence, Obligation and Memory in John Donne’s Texts for the Countess of Bedford.” Renaissance Studies 22.1 (Feb. 2008): 63-85.

*Lara Crowley, “Cecil and the Soul: Donne’s Metempsychosis in Its Context in Folger Manuscript V.a.241.” English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700 13 (2008): 47-76.

Theresa M. DiPasquale, Refiguring the Sacred Feminine: The Poems of John Donne, Aemilia Lanyer, and John Milton (Pittsburg, PA: Duquesne University Press, 2008), 400 pp.

*Misako Himuro, “Donne and Ovid: Two Valedictory Poems in Relation to Metamorphoses ll. 410-748,” Review of English Studies 59.242 (Nov. 2008): 677-700.

*Jeanne Shami, “New Manuscript Texts of Sermons by John Donne,” English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700 13 (2008): 77-119.


Theresa DiPasquale, “Donne’s Epigrams: A Sequential Reading,” Modern Philology 104 (2007): 329–378.

*Dayton Haskin, John Donne in the Nineteenth Century (Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 2007), 384 pp.

Margaret Maurer, “‘Poetry and Scandal: John Donne’s ‘A Hymne to the Saynts and to the Marquesse Hamilton,’” John Donne Journal 26 (2007): 1–33.

*Anthony Parr, “John Donne, Travel Writer,” Huntington Library Quarterly 70.1 (2007): 61-85.


Ann Holinshead Hurley, John Donne’s Poetry and Early Modern Visual Culture (Selinsgrove: Susquehanna University Press, 2005).

Anne Lake Prescott, “‘Forms of Joy and Art’: Donne, David, and the Power of Music,” John Donne Journal 25 (2006): 3–36.


Jeanne Shami, John Donne and Conformity in Crisis in the Late Jacobean Pulpit, (Woodbridge, England: Brewer, 2003), 328 pp.

M. Thomas Hester, Robert Parker Sorlien, and Dennis Flynn, eds., John Donne's Marriage Letters in The Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington, D. C.: The Folger Shakespeare Library, 2005), 110 pp.


John R. Roberts, John Donne: An Annotated Bibliography of Modern Criticism, 1979–1995 (Pittsburgh, PA: Duquesne University Press, 2004), xxvi, 605 pp.

Catherine Gimelli Martin, “The Erotology of Donne’s ‘Extasie’ and the Secret History of Voluptuous Rationalism,” SEL 44 (2004): 121–147.


Richard S. Peterson, “New Evidence on Donne's Monument I,” John Donne Journal 20 (2001): 1–51.

Jeanne Shami, “Anti-Catholicism in the Sermons of John Donne,” in in Lori Anne Ferrell and Peter McCullough, eds., The English Sermon Revised: Religion, Literature and History, 1600-1750 (Manchester, England: Manchester University Press, 2000), pp. 136-66.


Robert V. Young, Doctrine and Devotion in Seventeenth-Century Poetry (New York: Boydell & Brewer, 2000). 241 pp.

Dayton Haskin, “No Edition is an Island: The Place of Nineteenth-Century American Editions within the History of Editing Donne's Poems.” Text: An Interdisciplinary Annual of Textual Studies 14 (2002): 169–207.


Judith Scherer Herz, “Under the Sign of Donne” Criticism 43 (2001): 29–58.

Gregory Kneidel, “John Donne’s Via PauliJournal of English and Germanic Philology 100 (2001): 224–46.


Theresa M. DiPasquale, Literature & Sacrament: The Sacred and the Secular in John Donne (Pittsburgh: Duquesne Universty Press, 1999). 338 pp.


Lisa Gorton, “John Donne’s Use of Space,” Early Modern Literary Studies 4 (1998): 14–27.


Kate Gartner Frost, “‘Preparing towards her’: Contexts of A Nocturnall upon S. Lucies Day” in John Donne’s “desire of more”: The Subject of Anne Donne More in His Poetry, ed. M. Thomas Hester (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1996), pp. 149–171.


No award made.


Coburn Freer, “John Donne and Elizabethan Economic Theory,” Criticism 38 (1996): 497–520.

Jeanne Shami, “Donne’s 1622 Sermon on the Gunpowder Plot: His Original Presentation Manuscript Discovered,” English Manuscript Studies 5 (1995): 63–86.

1996 John Donne Society Special Award: The John Donne Society honored Gary Stringer for his outstanding contribution to Donne studies as the General Editor of The Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne.


Donald M. Friedman, “Donne, Herbert, and Vocation,” George Herbert Journal 18 (1994–95): 135–58.

Joshua Scodel, “John Donne and the Religious Politics of the Mean,” in John Donne's Religious Imagination: Essays in Honor of John T. Shawcross, eds. Raymond-Jean Frontain and Frances Malpezzi (Conway, AR: UCA, 1995), pp. 45–80.


Ted-Larry Pebworth, “‘Let Me Here Use That Freedome’: Subversive Representation in John Donne’s ‘Obsequies to the Lord Harington,’” JEGP 91 (1992): 17–42.


Ernest W. Sullivan, II, The Influence of John Donne: His Uncollected Seventeenth-Century Printed Verse (Columbia: Missouri UP, 1993). 215 pp.

John Donne Journal: Special Issue: "Interpreting 'Aire and Angels'," ed. Achsah Guibbory. 9:1 (1990) and the contributors: R. V. Young, "Angels in 'Aire and Angels'," 1–14; Stella P. Revard, "The Angelic Messenger in 'Aire and Angels'," 15–17; Phoebe S. Spinrad, "'Aire and Angels' and Questionable Shapes," 19–22; Michael C. Schoenfeldt, "Patriarchal Assumptions and Egalitarian Designs," 23–6; Judith Scherer Herz, "Resisting Mutuality," 27–31; John T. Shawcross, "Donne's 'Aire and Angels': Text and Context," 33–41; John R. Roberts, "'Just such disparitie': The Critical Debate about 'Aire and Angels'," 43–64; Arnold Stein, "Interpretation: 'Aire and Angels'," 65–75; Albert C. Labriola, "'This Dialogue of One': Rational Argument and Affective Discourse in Donne's 'Aire and Angels'," 77–83; Janel Mueller, "The Play of Difference in Donne's 'Aire and Angels'," 85–94; Camille Wells Slights, "Air, Angels, and the Progress of Love," 95–104; Achsah Guibbory, "Donne, the Idea of Woman, and the Experience of Love," 105–112.


Claude J. Summers, "Donne's 1609 Sequence of Grief and Comfort," Studies in Philology 89 (1992): 211–31.


Mary Arshagouni Papazian, "The Latin 'Stationes' in John Donne's Devotions upon Emergent Occasions," MP 89 (1991): 196–210.

M. Thomas Hester, "'This Cannot Be Said': A Preface to the Reader of Donne's Lyrics," Christianity & Literature 39 (1990): 365–85.


Achsah Guibbory, "'Oh, Let Mee Not Serve So': The Politics of Love in Donne's Elegies," ELH 56 (1990): 811–33.

Anthony Low, "Donne and the Reinvention of Love," ELR 20 (1990): 465–86.


Dayton Haskin, "New Historical Contexts for Appraising the Donne Revival from A. B. Grosart to Charles Eliot Norton," ELH 56 (1989): 869–95.