The Bradbury Chronicles
The Life of Ray BradburyBook - 2005
An authorized portrait of the renowned science-fiction author's life draws on hundreds of hours of interviews with editors, family members, friends, and the writer himself, in an account that discusses his creative process and the inspirations for such works as The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451. 30,000 first printing.
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.
Weller's portrait of Ray Bradbury captures the contradictions of the writer who envisioned rocket travel to outer space but never learned to drive a car or operate a computer. The biography is based on Bradbury's private archives and Weller's interviews with Bradbury's friends, family members, colleagues and Bradbury himself. Weller is a journalist and professor at Columbia College Chicago, where he teaches a class on Bradbury's life and work. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Profiles the life of the renowned science-fiction author by drawing on interviews with editors, family members, friends, and the writer himself, discussing his creative process and the inspiration for such works as "Fahrenheit 451."