Annibel Jenkins Biography Prize


The biennial Annibel Jenkins Prize is given to the author of the best book-length biography of a late seventeenth-century or eighteenth-century subject and carries an award of $1,000. The prize was named in honor of Annibel Jenkins, Professor of English (Emerita) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. A founding member of the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, she was an outstanding teacher and scholar who has been for many years one of the most active and encouraging members of the academic community in America.




James Delbourgo, Collecting the World: Hans Sloane and Origins of the British Museum (Harvard University Press, 2017)




Jane Kamensky, A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley (W.W. Norton and Company, 2016)




Michael Kwass, Contraband: Louis Mandrin and the Making of a Global Underground (Harvard University Press, 2014)


John B. Radner, Johnson and Boswell: A Biography of Friendship (Yale University Press, 2012)




Nicholas Phillipson, Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life (Yale University Press, 2010)




William McCarthy, Anna Letitia Barbauld: Voice of the Enlightenment (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008)


Honorable Mention: Douglas Smith, The Pearl: A True Tale of Forbidden Love in Catherine the Great’s Russia (Yale University Press, 2009)




Joyce Chaplin, The First Scientific American: Benjamin Franklin and the Pursuit of Genius (Basic Books, 2006)




Vincent Carretta, Equiano The African: Biography of a Self-Made Man (University of Georgia Press, 2005)


Allan Greer, Mohawk Saint: Catherine Tekakwitha and the Jesuits (Oxford University Press, 2005)




George Marsden, Jonathan Edwards: A Life (Yale University Press, 2003)




Nicholas Boyle, Goethe, The Poet and the Age, Volume II, Revolution and Renunciation, 1790-1803 (Oxford University Press, 2000)




Nina Rattner Gelbart, The King's Midwife: A History and Mystery of Madame du Coudray (University of California Press, 1998)




Lloyd Kramer, Layfette in Two Worlds: Public Cultures and Personal Identities in an Age of Revolution (University of North Carolina Press, 1996)


Richard Wendorf, Sir Joshua Reynolds: The Painter in Society (Harvard University Press, 1996)