Ray Bradbury, A Lifetime of Wonder and Imagination.

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Ray Bradbury: A Lifetime of Wonder and Imagination

Ray Bradbury was born on August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois to parents

Leonard Bradbury and Esther Moberg Bradbury. In 1934, his family moved to Los

Angeles where Bradbury began to write stories and poetry. His first sale of work came

when the George Burns/Gracie Allen Radio Comedy Show picked up one of his sketches.

During high school he further developed his literary passion when he became interested in

theater. After high school he plunged into science-fiction writings, and the rest is history


Ray Bradbury is an accomplished American novelist, short-story writer, essayist,

playwright, screenwriter, and poet. His writing style is like none other. Some say he is a

science fiction writer; however, others argue that he merely uses the far-out setting to

criticize racism, censorship, technology, nuclear war, and humanistic values. All of his

work closely relates to his life and the personal experiences he has gone through.

First, his

early life in Illinois and Arizona influenced his first writings. This was a time when he first

started experimenting with writing. Second, Bradbury's writing style relates to his past

experiences, because he said that he learned to write recalling past experiences. During

this period of time, Bradbury began to discover himself as a writer. He developed his own

style and process for writing. Lastly, his major works represent the feelings of Americans

during the era in which he wrote. The Martian Chronicles, his first well known novel, and

still one of his best known novels, is a great example of this because it relates to the

readers emotions about atomic warfare during the World War II era.

Ray Bradbury's early life in Illinois and Arizona influenced his first writing. There

are many examples that show how he transforms...