Author: David L. Vander Meulen

professor of Bibliography and Textual Criticism and Eighteenth-Century English Literature, University of Virginia

Fredson Bowers (1905–1991)

Fredson Bowers was a literary scholar and a professor of English at the University of Virginia from 1938 to 1975. He raised the English department to national prominence while serving as its chair from 1961 to 1968 and as dean of the faculty of Arts and Sciences in 1968 and 1969. He was widely regarded for his contributions to the study of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature but was best known for his work in bibliography and textual criticism. A prolific scholar, he founded and edited the journal Studies in Bibliography, wrote the standard guide to the physical description of books, published many theoretical articles on the editing of post-renaissance texts, and edited sixty-eight volumes of writings by authors from five centuries. Assisted by a forceful personality, he was one of the most widely known and influential scholars of his day.