Ray Bradbury


Born
in Waukegan, Illinois, The United States
August 22, 1920

Died
June 05, 2012

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Ray Douglas Bradbury, American novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and poet, was born August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois. He graduated from a Los Angeles high school in 1938. Although his formal education ended there, he became a "student of life," selling newspapers on L.A. street corners from 1938 to 1942, spending his nights in the public library and his days at the typewriter. He became a full-time writer in 1943, and contributed numerous short stories to periodicals before publishing a collection of them, Dark Carnival, in 1947.

His reputation as a writer of courage and vision was established with the publication of The Martian Chronicles in 1950, which describes the first attempts of Earth people to con
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“You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”
Ray Bradbury

“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”
Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

“I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room.”
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October 2017 Revisit the Shelf Reread Poll

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, 174 pages, 1953
 
  62 votes, 18.4%

Madame Bovary by Gustave Fleubert, 329 pages, 1856
 
  60 votes, 17.8%

 
  41 votes, 12.2%

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, 211 pages, 1962
 
  36 votes, 10.7%

 
  30 votes, 8.9%

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, 212 pages, 1962
 
  29 votes, 8.6%

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, 192pages, 1897
 
  29 votes, 8.6%

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak, 592 pages, 1957
 
  19 votes, 5.6%

 
  19 votes, 5.6%

King Lear by William Shakespeare, 400 pages, 1603
 
  12 votes, 3.6%

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