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Ray BradburyRay Bradbury was a dreamer. Bradbury had a skill at putting his dreams onto paper, andinto books. He dreams dreams of magic and transformation, good and evil, small-town Americaand the canals of Mars. His dreams are not only popular, but durable. His work consists of shortstories, which are not hard to publish, and keep in the public eye. His stories have stayed in printfor nearly three decades.Ray Bradbury was born on August 22, 1920, in a small town of Waukegan, Illinois. Hisparents were Leonard Spaulding and Esther Moberg Bradbury. His mother, Esther Moberg lovedfilms, she gave her son the middle name Douglas because of Douglas Fairbanks, and she passedher love of films to her son. 'My mother took me to see everything.....' Bradbury explains, 'I'm achild of motion pictures.' Prophetically, the first film he saw, at the age of three, was the horrorclassic 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame', staring Lon Chanley. His teenage Aunt Neva gave theboy his appreciation of fantasy, by reading him the Oz books, when he was six. When Bradburywas a child he was encouraged to read the classic, Norse, Roman, and Greek Myths. When he wasold enough to choose his own reading materials, he chose books by Edger Rice Burroughs and thecomic book heroes Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, and Prince Valiant. When Bradbury was inWaukegan he developed his interest in acting and Drama. After seeing a magician, known asBlackstone, he became fascinated with magic also.In 1932, his family moved to Tucson Arizona. With his talents he learned in Waukegan(amateur magician) he got a job at the local radio station. 'I was on the radio every Saturday nightreading comic strips to the kiddies and being paid in free tickets, to the local cinema, where I saw'The Mummy', 'The Murders in the Wax Museum', 'Dracula', .....and 'King Kong'.' His family onlystayed in Tuscan for a year, but Bradbury feels: 'It was one of the greatest years of my lifebecause I was acting and singing in operettas and writing, my first short stories.'In 1934 his family moved to Los Angeles, where Bradbury has remained. He attended LosAngeles High School, where he wrote and took part in many dramatic productions. His literarytastes were broadened to include Thomas Wolfe and Ernest Hemingway when he took a creativewriting course. In 1938 Los Angeles High School yearbook, the following prediction appearedbeneath his picture:Likes to write storiesAdmired as a thespianHeaded for literary distinctionAfter graduation Bradbury sold newspapers until he saved up enough money to buy atypewriter and rent a small office. In the early 1940's his stories appeared regularly in WeirdTales. 'I sold a story every month there for three or four years when I was (in my early twenties).Made the magnificent sum of twenty dollars for each story.' Bradbury sold his first stories in 1945to 'slick' magazines - Collier's, Charm, and Mademoiselle.Shortly after his marriage to Marguerite Susan McClure in 1947, Bradbury's first book,Dark...

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