Bruce L. Edwards

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Bruce L. Edwards
Born September 5, 1952
Akron, Ohio
Occupation Scholar and professor
Spouse(s) Joan Christine Edwards
Children Matthew, Mary Elizabeth, Justin, and Michael
Parent(s) Bruce L. and Betty Lou Edwards

Bruce L. Edwards is Professor Emeritus of English and Africana Studies and in the past served as Associate Vice President for Online Programs and E-learning Services at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, United States, where he was a faculty member and administrator between 1981-2012. Currently, he offers consultation on distance education matters for higher education.

In the past, he has served as Fulbright Fellow in Nairobi, Kenya (1999-2000), teaching at Daystar University, and as a Bradley Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC (1989–90), and as the S. W. Brooks Memorial Professor of Literature at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (1988). Bruce and his wife, Joan, live in Bowling Green, and have four grown children, ranging in age from 25 to 34.

Bruce was born in Akron, Ohio, attending the Akron City Public Schools. He received an A.A. in Biblical Studies at Florida College, and then graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Missouri–Rolla in 1977, and received his Masters Degree in English from Kansas State University in 1979. He earned his Ph.D. in Literature and Rhetoric from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981, writing his dissertation on the literary criticism of C. S. Lewis.

He served as general editor for the 2007 four volume reference set, C. S. Lewis: Life, Works, and Legacy (Praeger Perspectives, 2007). This set is a comprehensive treatment of Lewis's life and times with more than 40 worldwide contributors. His recent books on The Chronicles of Narnia: Not a Tame Lion (Tyndale, 2005) and Further Up and Further In: Understanding C. S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, have been well received, and he has published two previous books on Lewis, including A Rhetoric of Reading: C. S. Lewis’s Defense of Western Literacy, and The Taste of the Pineapple: Essays on C. S. Lewis as Reader, Critic, and Imaginative Writer; and he is also a contributor to many collections of essays about Lewis and the Inklings, and has for many years maintained this popular web site on the life and works of C. S. Lewis ( He has also published several successful textbooks for college audiences, including, Roughdrafts (Houghton-Mifflin, 1987), Processing Words (Prentice-Hall, 1988), and Searching for Great Ideas (1st and 2nd editions; Harcourt, 1989; 1992).

He was the recipient of a 1990-2000 Fulbright Program Fellowship to Kenya, as well as a 2005 Fulbright-Hays Grant that allowed him to take a contingent of public and private educators to Tanzania for six weeks in the summer of 2005 to establish internet-based educational opportunities for both Midwestern U.S. and Tanzanian students.

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