Jonathan R. Eller (B.S., United States Air Force Academy, 1973; B.A., University of Maryland, 1979; M.A. (1981), Ph.D. (1985), Indiana University) is a Chancellor's Professor of English, Director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, and Senior Textual Editor ofÂ the Institute for American Thought, a research component of Indiana Universityâ€™s School of Liberal Arts (IUPUI). He co-founded the Bradbury Center within the Institute for American Thought in 2007, and became the Centerâ€™s director in August 2011. He is also the general editor for The Collected Stories of Ray Bradbury multi-volume series and The New Ray Bradbury Review.
In 1993 Eller retired from a twenty-year Air Force career and joined the faculty at IUPUI. Since 2000 he has edited or co-edited several limited press editions of Ray Bradbury's fiction, including The Halloween Tree (2005), Dandelion Wine (2007), and two collections of stories related to Bradburyâ€™s publication of Fahrenheit 451 in 1953: Match to Flame (2006) and A Pleasure to Burn (2010). Ellerâ€™s most recent books include Becoming Ray Bradbury (2011) and Ray Bradbury Unbound (2014), the first two volumes of a three-volume Bradbury biography. Becoming Ray Bradbury centers on Bradburyâ€™s early life and development as a writer through the 1953 publication of Fahrenheit 451; Ray Bradbury Unbound continues on through the middle decades of Bradburyâ€™s career and his rise to cultural prominence. Professor Eller also prepared and prefaced the new historical materials contained in Simon & Schusterâ€™s 60th anniversary edition of Fahrenheit 451 (20
13) and the 50th anniversary edition of Joseph Heller's Catch-22 (2011). He is currently working on the third and final volume of his Bradbury biography.