American Gothic Art and Architecture in the Age of Romantic Literature, by Kerry Dean Carso, has been named winner of the Henry-Russell Hitchcock Award 2015 by the Victorian Society in America:

The Hitchcock award recognizes excellence in discussions centered on architecture or the decorative arts, and includes related topics such as landscape, painting, interiors, biographies of designers or architects, and museum or historic house exhibition catalogues.

The VSA said: “Your book convinced the committee that reading Gothic literature produced more than chills down the spine — the experience of literature was a catalyst for painting, architecture, gardens and more. Congratulations on a wonderful interdisciplinary study that sheds new light on American Victorian culture.”

The VSA’s book awards will be presented at a dinner at their annual meeting, held this year in Savannah, Georgia, in May.