Bradbury Chronicles

Bradbury Chronicles

The Life of Ray Bradbury

Book - 2005
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Ray Bradbury is an American literary icon, an architect of wonders whose life has been as fascinating, momentous, and inspiring as his fiction, which has enthralled millions of readers the world over for more than six decades.

Born Rae Douglas Bradbury on August 22, 1920, in Waukegan, Illinois, he displayed an affinity for the fantastic at an early age -- spending hours at the local movie theater, fighting his fear of the dark to escape into glorious made-up worlds. Though he once dreamed of becoming an actor, writing was his true calling, and he remained resolute in his art throughout his early adult years despite numerous rejections -- finally breaking through with publications of his horror and fantasy stories in the "pulp" magazines of the forties. It was not long before he ascended to a higher literary plane, creating the acclaimed works that would solidify his place as one of the most important and influential authors of the twentieth century: Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, and Dandelion Wine, to name a very few.

Award-winning journalist Sam Weller has been granted unparalleled access to Bradbury's private archives, and has spent hundreds of hours interviewing longtime friends, family members, colleagues, and the author himself. As a result, Weller gives us a uniquely balanced, in-depth, and utterly remarkable portrait of a remarkable man, the life story up until now of a brilliant visionary artist and enigmatic mass of contradictions -- the writer who envisioned rocket travel to the stars but who never learned to drive a car; the futurist who brought astonishing tomorrows to life yet refuses to operate a computer; the passionate free spirit who remained devotedly married to one woman -- his beloved Marguerite -- for more than fifty years.

The Bradbury Chronicles is, at once, a poignant love story, an inspiring tale of struggle and accomplishment, and a spellbinding record of an extraordinary era in America's history and the man who helped define it. Here is Ray Bradbury -- dreamer, author, humanist, poet, innovator -- a one-of-a-kind literary force of nature whose extraordinary life can now be celebrated along with the enduring masterworks with which he has graced the world.

Publisher: New York, NY : Morrow : 2005
ISBN: 9780060545819
006054581X
Branch Call Number: 813 B726w
Characteristics: 384p illus

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IndyPL_SteveB Mar 16, 2019

Excellent one-volume biography of Bradbury. Weller knew Bradbury personally and had Bradbury’s cooperation in writing the book, so there is a lot of autobiography in it, through a series of interviews. It’s terrific, one of the best biographies of any kind I have read. Bradbury was not just a fine writer, he was an interesting man, who remembered his childhood in detail, and who had examined his own life. If you want to know what Bradbury the man was like, this is the book. Even if you haven’t read a lot of Bradbury, you might enjoy this just as a great example of a fine biography.

For a deeper, literary biography of Bradbury, see the works of Jonathan Eller. But Weller’s book is an excellent starting point.

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