Robert C. Bray was honored for his book
Peter Cartwright, Legendary Frontier Preacher,
which explored Cartwright's contentious relationship with Abraham Lincoln. His acclaimed 2010 book,
Reading With Lincoln
, traced the influence of what Lincoln read on his speeches, writing and policies.
||Kansas State College (now Pittsburg State University), B.A.; University of Chicago, Ph.D.
||I was recruited by President Emeritus Robert S. Eckley.
||Socratic, seminar-style, "big questions" but based on an almost microscopic attention to details. Main subjects: 19th century American literature, Caribbean literature, Abraham Lincoln.
||Too old to remember; must have been one, though.
||Listening to music with my best friend, plenty of beer.
||The friendship above.
||As I read constantly, my favorite seems to change. Right now I’m under the spell of Roberto Bolaño’s 2666. Perennial favorites? Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse (novel) and William Wordsworth’s The Prelude (poetry).
||Three: 2001 and Dr. Zhivago (then); Uylsses’ Gaze (now)
||Chicago Symphony Orchestra
||Death is in the audience, a critic.