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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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The Power of Love

The Power of Love

(p.131) 22 The Power of Love
Becoming Ray Bradbury

Jonathan R. Eller

University of Illinois Press

This chapter focuses on Ray Bradbury's romance with Marguerite McClure, which began in 1946 and culminated in marriage in 1947, and his creative enrichment during the period. Bradbury and McClure met for the first time on April 24, 1946, while he was reading in Fowler's Bookstore. Within a week they were dating and celebrated their first month together in June. They soon discovered that they had complementary literary passions. This chapter first describes how Bradbury's relationship with Maggie developed in a year that saw him work on a number of stories centered on the visible metaphor of the powerhouse near his family's Venice Beach home. It then considers how the powerhouse provided the inspiration for Bradbury's idea for a new story, “a woman who never believed in God before, finds God,” which became the award-winning “Powerhouse.”

Keywords:   romance, Ray Bradbury, Marguerite McClure, marriage, Fowler's Bookstore, literary passion, Venice Beach, Powerhouse

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