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For my high school english II class, we have to do a report on an American author that shows his life through his works. I chose Ray Bradbury. If anyone can think of any reocurring themes that he uses or things in his books that reflect his real life it would be really helpful. Thanks.


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Originally posted by tomservo:
I chose Ray Bradbury.


You chose well, young tom.

His primary recurring theme would be to "Live Forever"! Beyond that, it gets complicated, but any reader of RB is up to the task, I'm sure.

As far as reflecting his own life, have you read Dandelion Wine?

Consider the "Live Forever" theme, and research it, and you shall see.

Do well tom.


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tomservo, Poke around some of the archives here. Also, you can do a search with keywords of your choosing.
One thing I know for sure, more than any author I know, Bradbury is able not only to actually recall his childhood, but writes about childhood, youth, and growing up in general in such a way as to transport his readers back into the memories and emotions and wonders of their own youth.
Start with "Dandelion Wine".
 
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Tom servo!

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Why don't you try to get the book "The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury" written by Sam Weller? This book outlined Ray Bradbury's career, from his early beginnings in pulp style fiction to his more mainstream style stories, from story writer to novel writer, including commentary about his most famous works. I am sure the book will certainly help you accomplishing your paper.

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Excellent suggestion, patricia 39, and welcome to the board.

However, I hope tomservo has finished his February 2007 paper by now!


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I had to chuckle Phil as that was my same thought, i.e, that, hopefully, Tom had finished his report seeing that some three years had gone by.
 
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Ray Bradbury

Here is my little contribution to your report. Hoping it can help you.

Ray Douglas Bradbury (August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012) was an American fantasy, science fiction, horror and mystery fiction writer. Best known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953) and for the science fiction and horror stories gathered together as The Martian Chronicles (1950) and The Illustrated Man (1951), Bradbury was one of the most celebrated 20th-century American writers. Many of Bradbury's works have been adapted into television shows or films.

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Thankyou for your little contribution, James Robinson. As Deputy Moderator, I have snipped out your commercial links which have no relevance to Bradbury. It is now OVER FIVE YEARS since the original post in this thread, so I sincerely hope tomservo got his report finished.

I have a mental picture of a 23-year-old tomservo, still unable to graduate from high school, because he hasn't finished that darned report!


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Phil, ...this may be a true work in progress!

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Well, it is pretty obvious for everyone that tomservo would have finished his project by now. But just to discuss about authors who write their own stories, I should say that Ray Bradbury is one of the classic examples. Well suggested by many here.



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Originally posted by daavidfischer:
But just to discuss about authors who write their own stories, I should say that Ray Bradbury is one of the classic examples.

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Yes, I much prefer authors who write their own stories to those who don't.

And I love me a good link about replacing a toilet - mighty good readin'!


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But did you notice that the genius who paid for the URL for the toilet replacements couldn't even spell "genius", using "genuis" instead?

(I have now REMOVED that URL, so you will have to take my word for it.)


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I have now REMOVED that URL, so you will have to take my word for it.

Well, shoot!


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"Martian Chronicles" moment?!

RE:
Genevieve Selsor - Genevieve is a large woman. She eats constantly and seems childishly impatient and immature when with Walter.



[fjp451 was commenting on a spam post which I have now removed - philnic]

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