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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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Early Mentors: Hamilton, Williamson, and Brackett

Early Mentors: Hamilton, Williamson, and Brackett

(p.64) 10 Early Mentors: Hamilton, Williamson, and Brackett
Becoming Ray Bradbury

Jonathan R. Eller

University of Illinois Press

This chapter focuses on three mentors that influenced Ray Bradbury as a writer: Edmond Hamilton, Jack Williamson, and Leigh Brackett. Bradbury was in the early stages of a process of literary education that began roughly from 1934 and lasted until 1953. During the early 1940s, his own maturing reading interests were enriched from time to time by friends like Henry Kuttner, who introduced him to the fiction of writers such as Sherwood Anderson, Eudora Welty, Charles Jackson, William Faulkner, Thorne Smith, and John Collier. This chapter examines how Brackett and Hamilton broadened Bradbury's reading and writing horizons throughout the early 1940s, citing in particular Brackett's influence on Bradbury's science fiction and Hamilton's introduction of Bradbury to authors such as Samuel Johnson, Alexander Pope, and Emily Dickinson. The chapter also considers Bradbury's fascination with Williamson's fantasy and horror tales, including the werewolf novel, Darker than You Think.

Keywords:   reading, Ray Bradbury, Edmond Hamilton, Jack Williamson, Leigh Brackett, Henry Kuttner, John Collier, science fiction, writing, writers

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