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I know Geoffrey Hartman's name because he co-edited The Power of Contestation: Perspectives on Maurice Blanchot, but that is all I know about him. Now, Edinburgh University Press have kindly sent me The Geoffrey Hartman Reader principally because it won the 2006 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism. ("The $30,000 Capote Award is the largest annual cash prize for literary criticism in the English language, and is administered for the Truman Capote Estate by the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.") Hartman's book was (I read):


... selected for the Capote Award by an international panel of prominent critics and writers -- Terry Castle, Garrett Stewart, Michael Wood, John Kerrigan, Elaine Scarry and James Wood -- each of whom nominated two books. Books of general literary criticism in English, published during the last four years, are eligible for nomination. After reading all the nominated books, each critic ranked the nominees.

Hartman is the author of more than 20 books and hundreds of essays and is one of America's most renowned literary scholars. He also founded the Fortnoff Video Archives of Holocaust Testimonies and has written extensively on literary and moral questions related to the Holocaust, and he has played a critical role in opening Judaic studies to a wider audience of scholars and students.

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