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Becoming Ray Bradbury
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Becoming Ray Bradbury chronicles the making of an iconic American writer. Jonathan R. Eller measures the impact of the authors, artists, illustrators, and filmmakers who stimulated Ray Bradbury's imagination throughout his first three decades. Unprecedented access to Bradbury's personal papers and other private collections provides insight into his emerging talent through his unpublished correspondence, his rare but often insightful notes on writing, and his interactions with those who mentored him during those early years. _x000B__x000B_This biography follows Bradbury's development from avid reader to maturing author, making a living writing for pulp magazines. Bradbury's correspondence documents his frustrating encounters with the major trade publishing houses and his earliest unpublished reflections on the nature of authorship. Eller traces the sources of Bradbury's very conscious decisions, following the sudden success of The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man, to voice controversial political statements in his fiction, and he highlights the private motivations behind the burst of creative energy that resulted in the classic novel Fahrenheit 451._x000B__x000B_These largely unexplored elements pave the way to a deeper understanding of his more public achievements, providing a biography of the mind, the story of Ray Bradbury's self-education and the emerging sense of authorship at the heart of his boundless creativity.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quote
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Part I. Awakenings
  2. pp. 7-8
  1. 1. From the Nursery to the Library
  2. pp. 9-15
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  1. 2. L.A. High and the Science Fiction League
  2. pp. 16-20
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  1. 3. Hannes Bok and the Lorelei
  2. pp. 21-25
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  1. 4. NYCon 1939
  2. pp. 26-32
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  1. 5. Futuria Fantasia
  2. pp. 33-39
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  1. 6. From the Fanzines to the Prozines
  2. pp. 40-44
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  1. 7. Early Disappointments: The Science Fiction Pulps
  2. pp. 45-50
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  1. Part II. The Road to Autumn’s House
  2. pp. 51-52
  1. 8. Living in Two Worlds
  2. pp. 53-58
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  1. 9. Reading about Writing
  2. pp. 59-63
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  1. 10. Early Mentors: Hamilton, Williamson, and Brackett
  2. pp. 64-69
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  1. 11. “Chrysalis”: Bradbury and Henry Kuttner
  2. pp. 70-74
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  1. 12. A New World of Reading
  2. pp. 75-80
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  1. 13. An Emerging Sense of Critical Judgment
  2. pp. 81-86
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  1. 14. On the Shoulders of Giants
  2. pp. 87-92
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  1. 15. The Road to Autumn’s House
  2. pp. 93-97
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  1. Part III. The Fear of Death Is Death
  2. pp. 97-98
  1. 16. Exploring the Human Mind
  2. pp. 99-103
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  1. 17. Exploring the Human Condition
  2. pp. 104-109
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  1. 18. With the Blessings of His Mentors
  2. pp. 110-113
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  1. 19. New Stories and New Opportunities
  2. pp. 114-118
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  1. 20. Life and Death in Mexico
  2. pp. 119-125
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  1. 21. Transitions: Bradbury and Don Congdon
  2. pp. 126-130
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  1. 22. The Power of Love
  2. pp. 131-134
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  1. 23. From Arkham to New York
  2. pp. 135-140
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  1. 24. Obsessed with Perfection
  2. pp. 141-145
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  1. 25. Dark Carnival
  2. pp. 146-150
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  1. Part IV. The Tyranny of Words
  2. pp. 151-152
  1. 26. Lifetime Partnerships
  2. pp. 153-159
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  1. 27. The Illinois Novel
  2. pp. 160-165
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  1. 28. Bradbury and Modernity
  2. pp. 166-172
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  1. 29. Modernist Alternatives
  2. pp. 173-176
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  1. 30. Finding His Own Way
  2. pp. 179-184
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  1. 31. The Anthology Game
  2. pp. 185-191
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  1. 32. Paradise Postponed
  2. pp. 192-197
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  1. 33. Broadening Horizons
  2. pp. 198-205
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  1. 34. The Miracle Year: Winter and Spring
  2. pp. 206-210
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  1. 35. The Miracle Year: Summer and Fall
  2. pp. 211-218
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  1. Part V. The Last Night of the World
  2. pp. 219-220
  1. 36. Critical Praise, Private Worries
  2. pp. 221-226
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  1. 37. New York, 1951
  2. pp. 227-231
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  1. 38. Controversial Fictions
  2. pp. 232-239
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  1. 39. New Worlds: Graphic and Television Adaptations
  2. pp. 240-244
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  1. 40. The Wheel of Fortune
  2. pp. 245-248
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  1. 41. Joe Mugnaini and The Golden Apples of the Sun
  2. pp. 249-256
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  1. 42. Bantam and Ballantine
  2. pp. 257-260
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  1. 43. Hollywood at Last
  2. pp. 261-267
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  1. 44. Political Controversy
  2. pp. 268-274
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  1. 45. Fahrenheit 451
  2. pp. 275-280
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  1. 46. The Last Night of the World
  2. pp. 281-288
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  1. Images
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 289-304
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 305-324
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  1. About the Author, Back Cover
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