Professor Jesse Oak Taylor has won the 2018 Rudikoff Prize for the best first book by a Victorianist for The Sky of Our Manufacture: The London Fog in British Fiction from Dickens to Woolf. His book uses the many depictions of the London fog in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century novel to explore the emergence of human-caused climate change.
This will be the second major prize for The Sky of Our Manufacture; in 2017 it won the Ecocriticism Book Award from the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment.
Professor Taylor is the second member of our faculty to be awarded the Rudikoff Prize. He follows in the footsteps of Professor Charles LaPorte, who won in 2011 for his book Victorian Poets and the Changing Bible.