Scottish Harvest in Bohemia Wins BCSA Prize

From a BCSA press release:

A Scottish Harvest in Bohemia – Edwin Muir’s Return to Hope is the title of an essay that has just won a prize of £300 in a writing competition run by the British Czech & Slovak Association.  The author is Clarice Cloutier.  

The essay is an analysis of two beautiful and thoughtful poems, set in the Bohemian countryside, by the Scottish poet Edwin Muir.  Muir, from Orkney, wrote Autumn in Praguewhile staying in the new state of Czechoslovakia between 1923 and 1925, and The Cloud while serving as Director of the British Council in Prague in the turbulent period from 1946 to 1949. The essay studies his style and evocative imagery and suggests the deeper meanings underneath. 
Clarice has studied at Yale, Dartmouth, Princeton, Oxford and Charles Universities.  She lives in Prague, where she currently teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses on Central European literature and culture.  She has won the Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Prize for Slavic Studies, and has compiled, translated and edited (with her colleague Bronislava Volková) a dual language selection of 65 Czech poets, Up the Devil’s Back: An Anthology of 20th Century Czech Poetry, to be published in the USA in December 2008.