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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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Exploring the Human Mind

Exploring the Human Mind

(p.99) 16 Exploring the Human Mind
Becoming Ray Bradbury

Jonathan R. Eller

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines Ray Bradbury's growing interest in the human mind during the war years and how it reflected in his writings. As he embarked on an exploration of personality disorders, Bradbury discovered Karen Horney's The Neurotic Personality of Our Time (1937). Horney's book enabled Bradbury to understand the often destructive cycle of anxiety and hostility that underlies all neuroses. His characters, both in his genre fiction and in the broader fantasy fiction that followed, represent the full range of neurotic behavioral manifestations. This chapter discusses Bradbury's readings related to psychology, including Charles Jackson's The Lost Weekend, recommended to him by Henry Kuttner. It also considers Bradbury's incorporation of a wide range of psychoanalytical scenes into his stories and novels as he continued to search for answers to two questions: how do we know what is real, and how do we know what is human?

Keywords:   human mind, Ray Bradbury, Karen Horney, The Neurotic Personality of Our Time, neuroses, personality disorders, psychology, Charles Jackson, The Lost Weekend, Henry Kuttner

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