Ray Bradbury





Ray Bradbury


Born
in Waukegan, Illinois, The United States
August 22, 1920

Died
June 05, 2012

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American novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and poet, was born August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois. He graduated from a Los Angeles high school in 1938. Although his formal education ended there, he became a "student of life," selling newspapers on L.A. street corners from 1938 to 1942, spending his nights in the public library and his days at the typewriter. He became a full-time writer in 1943, and contributed numerous short stories to periodicals before publishing a collection of them, Dark Carnival, in 1947.

His reputation as a writer of courage and vision was established with the publication of The Martian Chronicles in 1950, which describes the first attempts of Earth people to conquer and colonize Mars
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“You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”
Ray Bradbury

“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.”
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“You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.”
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March 2016 New School Group Read

1950, The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury, 182 pages
 
  29 votes, 13.6%

1987, Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, 296 pages
 
  26 votes, 12.1%

1972, Watership Down by Richard Adams, 481 pages
 
  21 votes, 9.8%

1965, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, 343 pages
 
  20 votes, 9.3%

 
  15 votes, 7.0%

1955, On the Road by Jack Kerouac, 307 pages
 
  14 votes, 6.5%

1963, Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, 179 pages
 
  14 votes, 6.5%

1928, Orlando by Virginia Woolf, 228 pages
 
  11 votes, 5.1%

1987, Beloved by Toni Morrison, 324 pages
 
  11 votes, 5.1%

 
  10 votes, 4.7%

1931, The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, 418 pages
 
  10 votes, 4.7%

 
  9 votes, 4.2%

1919, Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson, 240 pages
 
  9 votes, 4.2%

1958, The Tin Drum by Günter Grass, 567 pages
 
  5 votes, 2.3%

1920, Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset, 1168 pages
 
  4 votes, 1.9%

 
  2 votes, 0.9%

1937, Christ in Concrete by Pietro Di Donato, 256 pages
 
  2 votes, 0.9%

1949, The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles, 342 pages
 
  2 votes, 0.9%

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