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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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With the Blessings of His Mentors

With the Blessings of His Mentors

(p.110) 18 With the Blessings of His Mentors
Becoming Ray Bradbury

Jonathan R. Eller

University of Illinois Press

This chapter focuses on three mentors who gave their blessings to Ray Bradbury in his quest to become a major market writer: Leigh Brackett, her future husband Edmond Hamilton, and Henry Kuttner. Between the fall of 1944 and the summer of 1945, Bradbury earned quiet recognition of a most personal kind—one by one, his mentors told him that he was now a seasoned professional, one who deserved to have his stories published in leading magazines. This chapter considers the ways that Brackett, Hamilton, and Kuttner showed their support for Bradbury as he embarked on being a professional writer. In particular, it discusses Bradbury's completion of the final half of a novella Brackett had under contract for Planet Stories, which turned out into “Lorelei of the Red Mist.” It also examines how Kuttner's opinion of Bradbury's story “From Now On” set off the latter on his own.

Keywords:   magazines, Ray Bradbury, Leigh Brackett, Edmond Hamilton, Henry Kuttner, Planet Stories, Lorelei of the Red Mist, From Now On

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