Thursday, February 10, 2005

WC Alum Wins National Award For Undergraduate Essay On Milton's Paradise Lost

Chestertown, MD, February 10, 2005 — Heidi Atwood, a 2004 graduate in English from Washington College, has received the Grand Prize in the 2004 Early English Books Online/EEBO-TCP Undergraduate Essay Competition. Atwood took the top award and received a $1,000 prize for her essay, “‘Thy leaden heels no golden wit doth show:' Physick, Alchemy, and the Body Corporeal in Milton's Paradise Lost,” written for the Milton Honors Seminar held in her senior year.

Judged by a panel of scholars and librarians in the field of English and early modern studies, the contest recognizes excellence in undergraduate essay writing and research using the primary texts and resources available through the EEBO database as well as the essay's potential to contribute to the field of early modern studies more generally.

“I am very proud of Heidi and her accomplishments,” said Kathryn Moncrief, assistant professor of English who taught the Milton seminar. “All previous winners of the contest have been from large research universities, so it is very exciting to see Washington College on top this year. It testifies to the quality of our English program and our students.”

Atwood is currently a graduate student at the University of Alabama in the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies.

Her winning essay can be read online at

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