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by Jonathan R. Eller


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Becoming Ray Bradbury chronicles the making of an iconic American writer by exploring Ray Bradbury's childhood and early years of his long life in fiction, film, television, radio, and theater

Becoming Ray Bradbury chronicles the making of an iconic American writer by exploring Ray Bradbury's childhood and early years of his long life in fiction, film, television, radio, and theater. Jonathan R. Eller measures the impact of the authors, artists, illustrators, and filmmakers who stimulated Bradbury's imagination throughout his first three decades

Becoming Ray Bradbury book.

Becoming Ray Bradbury book. Eller's Becoming Ray Bradbury a very fine literary biography that focuses not on picayune personal matters-issue such as those sniffed at by the Russian Formalist critics of the 1930s, like whether Pushkin smoked-but instead on how a once-unknown, bookish mama's boy evolved into a writer whose work millions love and whose.

Yes, Becoming Ray Bradbury is published by a university press, yet it isn’t at all academic.

Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Eller shows how Bradbury found his vocation in a private world of mimeographed fanzines and couch-surfing, of transcontinental trips to the very first SF conventions, of the intense rivalries and controversies of a small enclosed world. Times Literary Supplement.

Jonathan R. Eller is a professor of English at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, the senior . Come to the 3rd Annual Ray Bradbury Memorial Lecture with Jonathan Eller this Wednesday, August 24, at 6 pm. -admin. Eller is a professor of English at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, the senior textual. 19 August 2016 ·. Center for Ray Bradbury Studies updated their cover photo. Ray Bradbury wins TWO Retro Hugo Awards - excellent news, coming just a few days ahead of what would have been Ray's 96th birthday.

In my own telling of those early years, I had to cut 70,000 words from Becoming Ray Bradbury, and in the end it became a far better book. There were lamented casualties, of course, and among them were a half dozen chapters dealing with Bradbury’s Illinois childhood.

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Becoming Ray Bradbury chronicles the making of an iconic American writer. Eller measures the impact of the authors, artists, illustrators, and filmmakers who stimulated Ray Bradbury's imagination throughout his first three decades.

Eller omits details of his subject's personal life and family background in. favor of extensively describing the literary and professional influences that led to Bradbury's development as one of the most beloved authors of science fiction and fantasy

Becoming Ray Bradbury chronicles the making of an iconic American writer by exploring Ray Bradbury's childhood and early years of his long life in fiction, film, television, radio, and theater. Jonathan R. Eller measures the impact of the authors, artists, illustrators, and filmmakers who stimulated 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.

Beginning with his childhood in Waukegan, Illinois, and Los Angeles, this biography follows Bradbury's development from avid reader to maturing author, making a living writing for pulp magazines. Eller illuminates the sources of Bradbury's growing interest in the human mind, the human condition, and the ambiguities of life and death--themes that became increasingly apparent in his early fiction. 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 transformed his novella "The Fireman" into the classic novel Fahrenheit 451.

Becoming Ray Bradbury reveals Bradbury's emotional world as it matured through his explorations of cinema and art, his interactions with agents and editors, his reading discoveries, and the invaluable reading suggestions of older writers. These largely unexplored elements of his life pave the way to a deeper understanding of his more public achievements, providing a biography of the mind, the story of Bradbury's self-education and the emerging sense of authorship at the heart of his boundless creativity.


Comments: (7)

Tekasa
Categorizing this book as a biography is almost misleading. There is not a lot of “traditional” biographical information here that one would expect. There is very little about his youth, his parents, his friends, his wife, his life—unless they had impact on his writing. This is the biography of a writer in its purest sense: it is a biography of writing.

In this first volume of a projected three volume series, Professor Eller shows us the birth of a writer. We learn of the influences of growing up in Illinois and California and traveling in Mexico on his themes. We see him get involved in writing in high school and make connections in the world of science fiction and publishing. We learn of his success at a young age getting published in the science fiction pulps and his push towards getting his writing in the slicks.

More than this, we learn of Bradbury’s habits as a writer. We see him learn to develop his own style. We watch as he grows into a master of the short story and struggle with developing the skills necessary to a novelist. His propensity towards rewrite and revision—a sign of his perfectionism—often frustrated his plans and his publishers. And, anyone familiar with Bradbury will know that his early “novels” like The Martian Chronicles are mainly collections of previous published stories which he provided with linking narratives. Even Fahrenheit 451, arguably his best and most famous novel started as a short story he ultimately expanded upon.

This volume takes us up to the publication of Fahrenheit 451, when Bradbury will vault into fame. For anyone interested in the world of writing and in Bradbury’s writing in particular, this a book not to be missed. (I count myself among those thus interested. I was fortunate enough to encounter Mr. Bradbury on two occasions and found him to be an incredibly interesting man. One of the times meeting a hero was not a disappointment.) If you are looking for something more “popular”, with anecdotes and scandal, you will have to look elsewhere.
Yozshunris
I have always been a great fan of Ray Bradbury's work but this book, first, seems to be lost in the trees while ignoring the forest, so much detail that I had trouble following it....and second, does not give much me much of a sense of Bradbury, the human being.
Anazan
This is the deepest and most informative book I have read on Bradbury's development as a writer from the beginning and it shows his influences and journey and his dedication and the years of work to become the master he became.
Bladecliff
This is the first of three volumes of a “literary biography” of Bradbury, which will be an essential permanent text for future students of Bradbury and of the science fiction/fantasy field which Bradbury is (sort of) a part of. He never considered himself to be a science fiction writer at all. Eller makes a strong point that Bradbury was the first American writer to expand beyond the previous pulp fiction limitations placed on the early SF writers.

Eller’s focus in this first volume is on Bradbury’s sources and influences, along with his friendships with Ed Hamilton, Jack Williamson, Leigh Brackett, Henry Kuttner, and Catherine L. Moore, who were his early writing mentors. Since Eller has three volumes to work with (Volume 2 is coming out in August, 2014 and Volume 3 is underway), he can get into details about Bradbury’s reading, education, and mentoring that Sam Weller did not have time for. (Sam Weller, the author of the also excellent *The Bradbury Chronicles*. On the other hand, Weller spent more time describing Bradbury’s family and childhood in the Midwest.)

You might guess that a discussion of favorite authors and sources of inspiration would be dry, but Eller makes it fascinating. He has a lively writing style, and his own long friendship with Bradbury gives him plenty of entertaining stories and refreshing insight. We learn about his inspiration gained by reading well-known authors like Katherine Anne Porter, Hemingway, Steinbeck, and dozens of others. But I also learned about authors I had only vaguely known. One of the biggest influences on *Fahrenheit 451* was the post-WWII novel, *Darkness at Noon* by Arthur Koestler. Another major influence was Ayn Rand’s first giant novel, *The Fountainhead,* where Bradbury learned to write what he wanted and not to take societal restrictions into account. (Many of his best stories were not published for decades, because they dealt with questions of racism, censorship, and morality which the magazines of the time would not touch.)

I'm really looking forward to Volume 2.
Kigul
This biography is the first in three volumes. It details Ray Bradbury's early life and who influenced and mentored him, both in the science fiction and fantasy realm as well the literary, philosophical and psychological sources who shaped his thinking and aesthetics. As other reviews noted, Dr. Eller's biography bridges the scholarly insights and detailed information in one of the most readable books available. Where some scholars mire the reader down, this one does not. Dr. Eller understands that his audience is both scholars and fans and is able to address the needs and concerns of both without compromising the integrity of his work. For those interested, especially in the early shaping of Bradbury, Dr. Eller has some previously unpublished photographs of Bradbury in group shots with other early pioneers of the science fiction and fantasy, including one which Robert Heinlein.

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Becoming Ray Bradbury download epub
History & Criticism
Author: Jonathan R. Eller
ISBN: 0252036298
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Language: English
Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 1st edition (August 4, 2011)
Pages: 360 pages