Eureka College professor has essay published

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

An essay by Eureka College English professor Loren Logsdon of Eureka is included in the recent edition of MidAmerica, the annual journal of the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature. The society supports the study and dissemination of work in Midwestern literature, art, film and scholarly study.

Logsdon’s essay is titled “Ray Bradbury’s Tale of Two Cities: An Essential Message for a Technologically Dominated Society.” It discusses how two of Bradbury’s novels offer warnings about wrong directions society can take in its use of technology and the consequences that will result. The essay compares the communities of Green Town, Ill., which is the setting for Bradbury’s “Dandelion Wine,” and the unnamed city in Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451.” The essay discusses how the use of and attitudes toward machines affect the sense of community and the well-being of the people in the towns.

The edition of the journal is dedicated to Logsdon. Appearing on the dedication page is the message, “In Honor of Loren Logsdon.

Logsdon graduated from Brown County High School in 1954. He graduated from Eureka College in 1958. He taught full-time at the college for 22 years and continues to teach part-time. Before that, he taught at Western Illinois University for 24 years.