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Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and The Illustrated Man are three of Ray Bradbury’s most famous books. Ray Bradbury has written thousands of published items from poetry to short stories to three hundred page books; he has done it all. Bradbury’s best writing combines a great imagination with a poetic style of its own. Ray Bradbury, an American author was born on August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois. Ray is the third son of Leonard Spaulding Bradbury and Esther Marie Moberg Bradbury. In the fall of 1926 his family moved to Tucson, Arizona, only to return to Waukegan again in May of 1927. By 1931 he began writing his own stories on butcher paper. His childhood was very important to him because it was a constant source of intense situations, emotions, and feelings that generate great stories. As a teen he was most inspired by seeing “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” In 1932 his father was laid off at his job as an electrical lineman, the family moved to Tucson and again returned to Waukegan the following year. In 1934 the Bradbury family moved to Los Angeles, California. Bradbury graduated from Los Angeles high school in 1938. From 1938 to 1942 he sold newspapers on the street corners of Los Angeles. All of his spare time was spent on a typewriter. Ray decided to become a full time writer just one year after graduating from high school. Bradbury’s first published collection of short stories was Dark Carnival. His short stories have appeared in more than 1,000 school curriculum “recommended reading” anthologies, but Bradbury’s major breakthrough came in 1950 when The Martian Chronicles was published.The Martian Chronicles is a science fiction book that describes the first attempts of Earth people to conquer and colonize Mars, and the unknown consequences that are in store for the earth people. “Science-fantasy” was the nickname given to Bradbury’s style of writing af...

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