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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Robert C. Bray  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1944 in Pittsburg, Kansas

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Illinois Connection

Bray lives in Bloomington, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Bray graduated from the University of Chicago, with his M.A. in 1967 and his Ph.D. in 1971. He is the R. Forrest Colwell Professor of American Literature, at Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois.


Illinois Humanities Council Essay Grant (1983) Elected to Membership, Society of Midland Authors (1986) R. Forrest Colwell Endowed Chair in American Literature (1986) Who’s Who in America (1994) Winner of the inaugural Saddlebag Selection of the Historical Society of the United Methodist Church for the best book on American Methodism (2006) for Peter Cartwright

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Diary of a common soldier in the American Revolution, 1775-1783 :
ISBN: 0875805280. OCLC Number: 3516600

Northern Illinois University Press,. .

Peter Cartwright, legendary frontier preacher /
ISBN: 0252029860. OCLC Number: 844939560

University of Illinois Press,. .

"Peter Cartwright was a cantankerous western frontiersman - "God's breaking plow on the prairie"--Until he hit a stump with Abraham Lincoln standing on it. Believing deeply that the gospel touched every aspect of a person's life, Cartwright held fast to his principles, resulting in a life of itinerant preaching and thirty years of political quarrels with Abraham Lincoln. Peter Cartwright, Legendary Frontier Preacher is the first full-length biography of this most famous of the early nineteenth-century Methodist circuit-riding preachers." "Robert Bray tells the full story of the long relationship between Cartwright and Lincoln, including their political campaigns against each other, their social antagonisms, and their radical disagreements on the Christian religion, as well as their shared views on slavery and the central fact of their being "self-made"." "In addition, the biography examines in close detail Cartwright's instrumental role in Methodism's bitter "divorce" of 1844, in which the southern conferences seceded in a remarkable prefigurement of the ensuing national turmoil. Finally, Peter Cartwright attempts to place the man in his appropriate national context: as a potent "man of words" on the frontier, a self-authorizing "legend in his own time," and surprisingly, an enduring western literary figure."--Jacket.

Reading with Lincoln
ISBN: 9780809329953. OCLC Number: 730519994

Southern Illinois University Press,. .

Reading with Lincoln uncovers the how of Lincoln's inspiring rise to greatness by connecting the content of his reading to the story of his life. --from publisher description.

Rediscoveries, literature and place in Illinois /
ISBN: 0252009118. OCLC Number: 7552743

University of Illinois Press,. .