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Ray Bradbury: The Life of Fiction
     

Ray Bradbury: The Life of Fiction

by Jonathan R. Eller
 

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ISBN-10: 0873387791

ISBN-13: 2900873387797

Pub. Date: 05/24/2004

Publisher: Kent State University Press

Ray Bradbury: The Life of Fiction is the first comprehensive textual, bibliographical, and cultural study of sixty years of Bradbury's fiction. Drawing on correspondence with his publishers, agents, and friends, as well as archival manuscripts, authors Jonathan R. Eller and William F. Touponce examine the story of Bradbury's authorship, from his earliest writings,

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Ray Bradbury: The Life of Fiction is the first comprehensive textual, bibliographical, and cultural study of sixty years of Bradbury's fiction. Drawing on correspondence with his publishers, agents, and friends, as well as archival manuscripts, authors Jonathan R. Eller and William F. Touponce examine the story of Bradbury's authorship, from his earliest writings, which include The Martian Chronicles, to his most recently published novel, Let's All Kill Constance. It shows in detail the often devious and unsuspected interconnections between his unpublished fiction, his story collections, and his most celebrated novels.

The Life of Fiction focuses on the nature of Bradbury's authorship, exploring his profound involvement with the life of "carnival" as a textual process as well as a thematic concern in his writings, and each chapter of this book delves more deeply into how this process of meaning has shaped Bradbury's technique over the years. Bradbury's authorship is finally seen as occupying a unique position in our literary landscape -- one that operates on the borders of popular entertainment and serious literature.

In addition to these new discoveries about Bradbury, illustrations from his manuscripts help to illuminate his fiction as a carnivalesque text-in-process. His complex methods of composition and revision, complemented by charts and graphs, help the reader to grasp the complicated stages of revision for publication that Bradbury's stories underwent. Included is a definitive bibliography of Bradbury's fiction, both published and unpublished, a particularly useful tool in tracking the migration of Bradbury's short stories from collection to collection and into other media.

Ray Bradbury: The Life of Fiction will be welcomed by Bradbury fans and scholars, adding greatly to the understanding of his work and affecting the way Bradbury is read.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900873387797
Publisher:
Kent State University Press
Publication date:
05/24/2004
Pages:
592

Table of Contents

Foreword: "Ray, Ray, and Ray"xi
Preface and Acknowledgmentsxv
Introduction: Metaphors, Myths, and Masks: Origins of Authorship in the Texts of Ray Bradbury1
1.Out of the House of Arkham: Dark Carnival and The October Country51
2.Martian Carnivals: The Martian Chronicles (The Silver Locusts)105
3.The Simulacrum of Carnival: Fahrenheit 451164
4.The Carnival Blaze of Summer: Dandelion Wine208
5.Fathering the Carnival: Something Wicked This Way Comes256
6.Corpse Carnivals: A Memory of Murder, Death Is a Lonely Business, A Graveyard for Lunatics, and Let's All Kill Constance!310
7.Carnival Sideshows: The Fantasy and Science Fiction Story Collections357
8.Conclusions: A Carnival Sense of Life408
Afterword: A Conversation with Ray Bradbury433
Key to Abbreviations437
Appendix ABradbury's Fiction, Year-by-Year439
Appendix BUnpublished Fiction505
Notes515
Selected Bibliography553
Index565

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