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Ray Bradbury

  • Date Submitted: 10/30/2012 05:29 PM
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“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture;
Just get people to stop reading them”

Ray Bradbury proved his point in his 1953 in his book, titled Fahrenheit 451, which many consider to be Bradbury's masterpiece, and his most well-known work.   The book’s plot covers a fiery decree of censorship, set in a future world, where any sort of written literature is forbidden.   Groups of rebels, in an attempt to save the history and culture of the “nation,” go forth in the task of memorizing entire books and philosophies, before what is left of written word is all burned by the totalitarian state of the time. Bradbury was a legendary sci-fi writer, whose books, poems, and other creative feats were translated into more than 40 languages.   His works of literary art have sold tens of millions of copies around the world. Although he dreamed up of incredibly imaginative worlds, filled with futuristic technology (which isn’t too far off today), he had never driven a car and did not even own one.
Ray Bradbury was born on August 22, 1920, in Waukegan, Illinois. His father was a telephone lineman. The family moved to Los Angeles in 1934 and after graduating from secondary school, and young Bradbury got a job selling newspapers on street corners. He began to write short stories and got into setting up his own magazine, but it was only when he was 21 years old that he made money from his writing. His first paid publication was a story called “Pendulum,” published in the magazine Super Science Stories. That same year, he gave up his newspaper job and became a full-time writer, and thankfully for this man, he didn’t switch careers.   He kept writing, and writing, and writing… from novels to short stories to plays to poems, Bradbury enjoyed his job. In all, Bradbury has published over thirty books, almost 600 short stories, and numerous poems, essays, and plays. His short stories have appeared in more than 1,000 school curriculum "recommended reading" anthologies. Besides the...


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