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A book by Dr. Gail McDonald, an assistant professor of English at UNCG, has received an honorable mention award from the Council of Graduate Schools

McDonald's book, ``Learning to Be Modern: Pound, Eliot and the American University,' was designated honorable mention for the council's 1997 Gustave O. Arlt Award in Literature. The award is given each year to a young scholar teaching in the humanities at an American university who has earned the doctorate in the past seven years and who has published a book deemed to be of outstanding scholarly significance.McDonald's book focuses on the poets Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot. It examines the effect their views of teaching literature in general and poetry specifically had on higher education in America, at a time between the turn of the century and World War II.

In a notification letter, the selection committee chairman said, ``The Award Committee was adamant that your book, 'Learning To Be Modern: Pound, Eliot and the American University,' published by the Clarendon Press at Oxford University, be given an honorable mention because of its scholarly excellence.

``There was a very large field of applicants this year, and normally there is only one person designated for the award. In fact, I believe this is the first year that anyone has ever been designated to receive an honorable mention. For this reason, this letter is the formal indication of our commendation.'

McDonald joined the UNCG faculty in 1992 and is an assistant professor in the UNCG Department of English.


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