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Transcript of Ray Bradbury
"There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches"
Born in August 22, 1920 and died in June 5, 2012 at the age of 91. He was an American writer born and raced in Waukegan, Illinois until he turned 14 and his family moved to Los Angeles, California. Bradbury began to write when he was 11 years old and in his stories, Waukegan in often referred to as "Green Town" which is a symbol associated with comfort and home.
Awards and Honors
Ray Bradbury is said to be one of the most celebrated and influential authors of the 20th century. He has won plenty of awards including the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation. In 1990 the Ray Bradbury Park was made in Waukegan, Illinois and in 1992 an asteroid was named "9766 Bradbury" in his honor.
Bradbury has written more than 500 published works- hundreds of short stories, almost fifty books, as well as several poems, essays, operas, plays, teleplays, and screenplays. His groundbreaking works include Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes.
Author of: Fahrenheit451
One of his earliest influences was Edgar Allan Poe. Bradbury once mentioned that he tried to mimic Poe's style of writing until he was 18 years old. His big science fiction influences include H. G. Wells and Jules Verne. In 1932, 12-year old Ray attended a carnival that greatly affected his life. The carnival entertainer, Mr. Electrico, touched him on the nose with an electrified sword, making his hair stand on end, and commanded, "Live forever!" Bradbury later said, "I felt that something strange and wonderful had happened to me because of my encounter with Mr. Electrico. He gave me a future. I began to write, full-time. I have written every single day of my life since that day 69 years ago."
Here is a clip of him talking about short stories:
One of the things I really admire about Ray Bradbury are his views on education. He graduated from high school and because his parents could not afford to pay for collage, he spend the next 10 years going to the library 4 nights a week. In a lecture he gave to the University of California in 2001 he said, "Live in the library for Christ’s sake! Don't live on your god damn computers and the Internet and all that crap, go to the library!”
To conclude, Ray Bradbury was a passionate, talented and happy writer who simply loved his career. I am excited to read his novel and I will leave you with a short clip of him talking about Fahrenheit 451.
Thanks for Watching!