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Key dates in the life and work of Ray Bradbury
Some key dates from the life and work of Ray Bradbury:
1920: Ray Douglas Bradbury is born Aug. 22 in Waukegan, Ill.
1934: Bradbury’s family moves to Los Angeles.
1939: Bradbury publishes one of his first short stories, “Hollerbochen’s Dilemma” in the fan magazine Imagination! He also launches a fan magazine of his own, Futuria Fantasia.
1947: Bradbury marries Marguerite McClure, with whom he later has four daughters. His first collection of short stories, “Dark Carnival,” is published. One of the book’s stories, “Homecoming,” earns him an O. Henry Award for one of the best American short stories of the year.
1950: “The Martian Chronicles” is published, a breakout success that established Bradbury in literature and continues to be one of his most highly regarded works. In intertwined stories about Earth colonizers destroying an idyllic Martian civilization, Bradbury explored issues of post-World War II America.
1951: Bradbury releases “The Illustrated Man,” a collection of 18 loosely connected short stories.
1953: “Fahrenheit 451,” Bradbury’s most famous work, is published. Inspired by the Cold War, the rise of television and the author’s passion for libraries, the dystopian novel was an apocalyptic narrative of nuclear war abroad and empty pleasure at home, with firefighters assigned to burn books instead of putting blazes out.
1954: The National Institute of Arts and Letters honors Bradbury for his contributions to American literature.
1956: With John Huston, Bradbury co-writes the screenplay to the film “Moby Dick,” an adaption of Herman Melville’s novel.
1957: Bradbury releases the autobiographical novel “Dandelion Wine,” a loosely connected series of short stories about childhood in the Midwest. He fashioned the fictional Green Town after his Illinois hometown.
1962: Bradbury’s novel “Something Wicked This Way Comes” is published, a darker companion piece to “Dandelion Wine.” Also set in Green Town, it’s a story of two 13-year-old boys who become enmeshed with a sinister traveling carnival.
1963: An animated short film based on a Bradbury story, “Icarus Montgolfier Wright,” is nominated for an Academy Award.
1964: Bradbury serves as creative consultant on the United States Pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York.
1969: Bradbury’s “The Illustrated Man” is adapted into a movie by Jack Smight, starring Rod Steiger.
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