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Transcript of Ray Bradbury
Student of Life,
Student of the Libraries
Ray Bradbury was born in the small town of Waukegan, Illinois in 1920. He was fortunate to have a loving and supportive family.
Waukegan, called 'Green Town' in many of his fiction stories, is a symbol for safety and security often juxtaposed with fear and menace.
Ray Bradbury was a firm believer in self-education over formal education.
"Libraries raised me. I don't believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don't have any money."
"You can't learn to write in college. It's a very bad place for writers because the teachers always think they know more than you do—and they don’t.
At a young age Bradbury performed magic, and it is said that had he not discovered his talent as a writer he would have become a magician...
... some would argue that he did in fact become a magician, bringing words to life and influencing a generation of readers and writers
If you're reluctant to weep, you won't live a full and complete life.
We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.
Ray Bradbury is one of those rare individuals whose writing has changed the way people think.
Ray Bradbury began his career by publishing short stories in other people's sci-fi magazines.
He also published his own sci-fi magazine, Futuria Fantasia.
During the forties and fifties he stopped writing for pulp magazines and wrote some of his longer, most famous works (The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, DandelionWine, and Fahrenheit 451).
The Life and Legacy of...
Bradbury claimed to remember everything since birth, and he used his childhood memories as a basis for his novels.
Bradbury read often in his childhood. Many authors, from Edgar Rice Burroughs to Edgar Allen Poe, contributed to his love for sci-fi and horror.
Throughout Bradbury's career he was motivated by a boyish sense of wonder.
His stories often describe ordinary life depicted in extraordinary ways.
Bradbury wrote over fifty books and more than a hundred short stories, as well as a few scripts and screenplays.
Though a lighthearted individual, a sense of being constantly uprooted and the several family deaths in his childhood contributed to the dark nature of his storytellng.
Bradbury spent his teen years in Los Angeles, where he lived until his death.
Over the course of his lifetime Bradbury won many awards and financed the creation of many libraries across the nation. His death occured in 2012.
“I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. When this occurs, I pack up my dinosaurs and leave the room.”
(Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing)