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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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Lifetime Partnerships

Lifetime Partnerships

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Becoming Ray Bradbury

Jonathan R. Eller

University of Illinois Press

This chapter discusses Ray Bradbury's struggles and inroads in his efforts to sell his work during the year 1947. In April 1947 Hirschel Brickell announced Bradbury's first O. Henry Prize Stories selection (for “The Homecoming”), but over the next five months sales would be few and far between. The fact that Bradbury was still offering to the major market magazines without an agent was also cutting into his potential sales. This chapter examines Bradbury's partnerships with Don Congdon and August Derleth as he sought to generate more income. It also considers Bradbury's change in sales strategy for pulp submissions as well as the emergence of a recurring theme in his newer science fiction stories—the decline of literature and human values in an increasingly rational society—as well as his search for a space-age mythos on the planet Mars. Finally, it recounts the Bradbury–McClure marriage on September 30 and Bradbury's adjustments in his writing routines to the new dynamics of married life in their Venice Beach home.

Keywords:   science fiction, Ray Bradbury, Hirschel Brickell, O. Henry Prize Stories, Don Congdon, August Derleth, mythos, Mars, marriage, Venice Beach

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