A veteran sci-fi author with side talents for poetry, plays and screenwriting, Ray Bradbury has had a long career of provoking thought and a compelling uneasiness in generations of readers. But rather than create worlds made for escape, Bradbury refracts our own foibles through otherworldly prisms.
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Also Known As:
Leonard Douglas, William Elliott, Douglas Spaulding, Leonard Spaulding
Los Angeles, California
Date of Birth:
August 22, 1920
Place of Birth:
Attended schools in Waukegan, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California
O. Henry Memorial Award; National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, 2000; O. Henry Memorial Awards, 1947 and 1948; Master Nebula Award, 1988; Benjamin Franklin Award, 1954; World Fantasy Award, 1977
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|The Best Book to Read First|
A brilliant and frightening novel, Fahrenheit 451 is the classic narrative about censorship; utterly chilling in its implications, Ray Bradbury's masterwork captivates thousands of new readers each year.
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|"Everything of mine is permeated with my love of ideas -- both big and small," Bradbury said in a 1978 interview with Future magazine. "I have fun with ideas. I play with them....If my work sparks serious thought, fine. But I don't write with that in mind....My goal is to entertain myself and others."|
|Favorite Writers & Reads||For Young Readers|
|Moby Dick (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)|
Herman Melville, Carl F. Hovde (Introduction)
In an interview with Barnes & Noble.com, Bradbury named Melville's classic novel as an all-time favorite, reflecting, "Quite obviously its impact on my life has lasted for more than fifty years." Read our exclusive interview to learn more about Bradbury's favorite writers and reads, including:
|Ahmed and the Oblivion Machines: A Fable|
Ray Bradbury, Christopher Lane (Illustrator)
Time called this short fable, about a boy who becomes lost in the desert and is rescued by an awakened giant, "an authentic original." Before Ahmed Bradbury had contributed a haunting tale to Halloween lore; and for students, consider premier scholar Harold Bloom's guide to Bradbury's main themes.
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