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Becoming Ray Bradbury$
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Jonathan R. Eller

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036293

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036293.001.0001

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Paradise Postponed

Paradise Postponed

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(p.192) 32 Paradise Postponed
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Becoming Ray Bradbury
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Jonathan R. Eller

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036293.003.0033

This chapter examines Ray Bradbury's private failures in his first attempts at publishing novel-length fiction during the late 1940s. It first considers Bradbury's belief in writing as a purely emotional endeavor before discussing his frustrating encounters with the major trade publishing houses over his proposed projects that included an illustrated book based on the vampire “Family” stories; an outline for the Illinois novel, now titled Summer Morning, Summer Night; and a wide-ranging collection of Bradbury tales brought together under the still-unsold title story, The Illustrated Man. It also discusses Bradbury's disappointment stemming from Farrar & Straus's rejection of all three short stories that were part of The Illustrated Man, and how this rejection led Bradbury to lash out at Don Congdon.

Keywords:   short stories, Ray Bradbury, writing, publishing, Illinois novel, The Illustrated Man, Farrar & Straus, Don Congdon

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