This book delves into Ray Bradbury's emotional world as it matured through his explorations of cinema and art, his interactions with agents and editors, his reading discoveries, and the reading suggestions of older writers. It analyzes the origins of Bradbury's wariness of intellectual writing and his conviction that intuitive things are the real truths, that “the fiction writer is, first and foremost, an emotionalist.” These origins reveal why Bradbury's unique style and his abiding creative focus on the basic emotions that define our humanity remain his greatest contributions to American literature. In order to probe Bradbury's writing career, the book establishes the chronology of his encounters with the works of authors, artists, illustrators, playwrights, and filmmakers who stimulated his imagination throughout the first three decades of his life. The goal is to elucidate the “truth” of the many masks he assumes as he becomes Ray Bradbury.
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