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Touponce, William F

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author, Critic.

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(1948-2017) US academic and critic, with the School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) from 1985, there becoming Professor of English and – after retiring in 2012 – Professor Emeritus until his death. His first four book-length critical studies addressed the works of Ray Bradbury (twice), Frank Herbert and Isaac Asimov, in Ray Bradbury and the Poetics of Reverie: Fantasy, Science Fiction and the Reader (1984; exp vt 1998), Frank Herbert (1988), Ray Bradbury (1989) and Isaac Asimov (1991).

It was for his Bradbury scholarship that Touponce became best known and most influential as a critic and editor. He returned to this author in Ray Bradbury: The Life of Fiction (2004) with Jonathan R Eller, the first book about Bradbury to be published by a university press; founded the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at Indiana University in 2007 and served as its first director until 2011; edited the first three issues of The New Ray Bradbury Review dated 2008, 2010 and 2012 (this series continues with Eller as editor); launched and co-edited with Eller a critical edition of Bradbury's stories that includes original texts of subsequently revised work, the first volume being Collected Stories of Ray Bradbury: A Critical Edition: Volume 1: 1938-1943 (coll 2011); and placed Bradbury in a broader context of Modernism (see Modernism in SF) and Supernatural Fiction [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] in his last book Lord Dunsany, H.P. Lovecraft, and Ray Bradbury: Spectral Journeys (2013). [DRL]

William Ferdinand Touponce

born Pittsfield, Massachusetts: 7 August 1948

died 15 June 2017



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