Skip to main content

Bruce F Michelson


Author of Wilbur's Poetry; Mark Twain on the Loose; Literary Wit; and Printer's Devil: Mark Twain and the American Publishing Revolution; translator of Georges Clemenceau, Claude Monet: The Water Lilies and Other Writings on Art;  former President of the Mark Twain Circle of America; former President of the American Humor Studies Association; author of articles on Richard Wilbur, Mark Twain, Robert Lowell, Edith Wharton, Garison Keillor, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and other literary subjects. 2-time Fulbright Professor(universities of Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent, and Liège; Fulbright Ambassador; on-screen commentator for the American Passages video series.  Director of the University of Illinois Campus Honors Program 1995-2013.

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor Emeritus, English

Recent Publications

Michelson, B. (2022). Roughing It as Restless Art. Mark Twain Annual, 20, 1-8.

Caron, J. E., & Michelson, B. (2021). A querulous query: What to make of something called the “autobiography of Mark Twain”/Bruce Michelson replies. Mark Twain Annual, 19, 1-4.

Michelson, B., Shouse, E., Kunze, P. C., Krefting, B., & Dickson-Carr, D. (2020). On Second Thought. Studies in American Humor, 6(2), 245-253.

Michelson, B. (2020). Reckoning with the autobiography. Mark Twain Annual, 18(1), 90-110.

Michelson, B. (2020). Review: A. Gribben's Mark Twain's Literary Resources: A Reconstruction of His Library and Reading, Volume One. Mark Twain Annual, 18(1), 173-176.

View all publications on Illinois Experts