Bray Receives Russell P. Strange Memorial Book Award
R. Forrest Colwell Professor of American Literature Robert Bray receives the Russell
P. Strange "Book Of The Year" Award from Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon (left) and
Illinois State Historical Society Director Elaine Egdorf at the 2011 Illinois History
Symposium. Photo by William Furry.
April 18, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University faculty member and R. Forrest Colwell
Professor of American Literature Bob Bray recently received the 2010-11 Russell P.
Strange Memorial Book Award for his book Reading with Lincoln.
The award, which was for the best book on a subject related to Illinois history and
culture, was presented by Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon on behalf of the Illinois
State Historical Society (ISHS) at the ISHS annual Symposium in Carbondale, Ill.
Reading with Lincoln examines the books Lincoln read, and how those books reflect his thoughts and influences.
Bray spent over a year compiling and reviewing materials for the book, which was intended
for both the general public and Lincoln scholars. He reviewed everything from letters
Lincoln composed for illiterate friends, to books, pamphlets, poetry, plays and essays
to which Lincoln was exposed.
For additional information, contact the Office of University Communications at (309)
Contact: Jessica Hinterlong ‘11, (309) 556-3181