He was also a poet, playwright, short story writer and essayist.
Whenever traveling circuses pitched their tents in Waukegan, Bradbury and his brother were always on hand. Blackstone the Magician came to town when Bradbury was eleven, and he attended every performance. Electrico, another magician of sorts, particularly impressed Bradbury with his death-defying electric chair act.
In fact, this magician once gave young Bradbury such a convincing talk that Bradbury decided to become a magician — the best in the world! Their favorite time of the year was Halloween, which they celebrated with even more enthusiasm than they celebrated Christmas.
When Bradbury was eight, his Aunt Neva helped him devise the grandest Halloween party imaginable. The Bradbury home was transformed into a haunted house with grinning pumpkins, ghost-like sheets hanging in the cellar, and raw chicken meat representing parts of a dead witch.
Bradbury read the series of books about the Emerald City of Oz, and his Aunt Neva read him the terror-filled tales of Poe. Literary Career Bradbury began his writing career in at age eleven, using butcher paper that he had to unroll as his story progressed. The following year, he and his family moved from Illinois to Arizona, and that same year, Bradbury received a toy typewriter on which he wrote his first stories.
Inwhen he was fourteen, his family moved from Arizona to Los Angeles, where his writing career began to solidify. Inhe became a member of the Los Angeles Science Fiction League, whose help enabled him to publish four issues of his own science-fiction fan magazine, or "fanzine," Futuria Fantasia.
InBradbury wrote "The Lake," the story in which he discovered his distinctive writing style. Byhe had given up his job selling newspapers and began writing full time, contributing numerous short stories to periodicals.
Bradbury married Marguerite McClure inand the same year, he gathered much of his best materials and published them as Dark Carnival, his first short story collection. Bradbury says that he learned to write by recalling his own experiences. Many of his early stories are based, unsurprisingly, on his childhood experiences in Illinois.
For example, "The Jar" Weird Tales, is based on the first time that Bradbury saw a pickled embryo, which was displayed in a sideshow at one of the carnivals visiting his hometown.
Inafter Dark Carnival a collection of weird and macabre stories was published, Bradbury turned to another kind of writing — philosophical science fiction. In his later years, Bradbury lived in Los Angeles, was a Sunday painter, and collected Mexican artifacts.
He continued writing and lecturing most often on college campuses. He had four grown daughters and several grandchildren. A Dramatic SelectionYestermorrow: Ray Bradbury died on June 5, In addition, Bradbury has written for television, radio, and the theater.
He was awarded the O. His animated film about the history of flight, Icarus Montgolfier Wright, was nominated for an academy award, and his teleplay of The Halloween Tree won an Emmy.
This particular style is evident from the influence of his childhood on his writing Dandelion Wine and Something Wicked This Way Comesas well as from growing up in Illinois.
Clearly, Bradbury kept his promise to Mr. He did become a magician, using his pen as a magic wand to transport his readers into wondrous situations.
Bradbury himself attests to this fact in an article appearing in the Ray Bradbury Review.Jacqui Rossi tells the story of Ray Bradbury's encounter with a magician that inspired him to start writing.
Ray Bradbury's work was included in the Best American Short Story collections (, , and ). He was awarded the O. Henry Memorial Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award in , the Aviation-Space Writer's Association Award for best space article in an American Magazine in , the World Fantasy Award for lifetime achievement, and the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of .
Ray Bradbury, in full Ray Douglas Bradbury, (born August 22, , Waukegan, Illinois, U.S.—died June 5, , Los Angeles, California), American author best known for his highly imaginative short stories and novels that blend a poetic style, nostalgia for childhood, social criticism, and an awareness of the hazards of runaway technology.
The American novelist Ray Bradbury has more to his credit than just novels. He was also a poet, playwright, short story writer and essayist. Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Illinois on August 22, Ray Bradbury was born on August 22, , in Waukegan, Illinois, to Leonard Spaulding Bradbury and Esther Marie (Moberg) Bradbury.
His father was a lineman for the electric company. He was greatly influenced by his Aunt Neva, a costume designer and dressmaker, who took him to plays and encouraged.
About Ray Bradbury: American novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and poet, was born August 22, in Waukegan, Illinois.