Ray Bradbury Biography

Interested in a Ray Bradbury biography? Known for his edgy science fiction books, Bradbury also contributed poetry, plays, movie scripts and essays to his body of work.

Early Years
Bradbury was born in 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois, to Leonard and Esther Bradbury. The family moved quite a bit to accommodate Leonard's work for the telephone company. When Bradbury was 13 years old, the family moved to Los Angeles, California. Although Bradbury graduated from high school in 1938, he chose to work selling newspapers instead of attending college. Bradbury wrote and sold short stories to magazines, which led to his first published collection, Dark Carnival, in 1947. During that year, Bradbury married Marguerite McClure, with whom he had four daughters.

Writing Career
Bradbury submitted The Martian Chronicles to publishers, and in 1950, the collection of stories was published. His novel Fahrenheit 451 was published in 1953, and this tale of a society in which books are banned and burned is regarded as Bradbury's best work. He also contributed creatively to the Fahrenheit 451 movie, which was directed by Francois Truffaut.

Other novels included Something Wicked This Way Comes (1962), The Halloween Tree (1972), A Graveyard for Lunatics (1990) and Farewell Summer (2006). The prolific Bradbury wrote more than 400 short stories, and he also wrote more than a dozen plays and numerous volumes of poetry. His writings also include 12 non-fiction books and several screenplays, including episodes for "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "The Twilight Zone." Bradbury has also written children's literature, including The Homecoming (2006).

Awards And Recognition
Ray Bradbury's work has earned him numerous awards, including the O. Henry Memorial Award, the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement and the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He has also been nominated for an Academy Award, won an Emmy Award and contributed many of his stories to television or movies, particularly the TV show "Ray Bradbury's Theater."

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