Big congratulations are in order for Peter Quartermain and James Maynard, the respective editors of Robert Duncan: The Collected Later Poems and Plays and Robert Duncan: Collected Essays and Other Prose. The two books received the Poetry Foundation’s prestigious 2014 Pegasus Award for Criticism. The annual award honors the best book-length works of criticism, including biographies, essay collections and critical editions that consider the subject of poetry or poets.
In their announcement, the Poetry Foundation writes, “These two critical editions represent a major achievement in textual scholarship, bringing together Duncan’s authoritative texts and unpublished works. The result is an extraordinary look into the development and evolution of Duncan’s distinct and groundbreaking poetics.”
Another UC Press book, The Collected Poems of Philip Lamantia, edited by Garrett Caples, Nancy Joyce Peters and Andrew Joron, received an honorable mention for the award.