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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 Illinois Novel

The Illinois Novel

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Becoming Ray Bradbury

Jonathan R. Eller

University of Illinois Press

This chapter discusses Ray Bradbury's struggles in developing and marketing the Illinois novel. Under Don Congdon and the Matson Agency, only a few of Bradbury's earlier direct negotiations finally brought in some much-needed cash. These included “I See You Never” and a Mel Dinelli adaptation of his unpublished noir ventriloquist fantasy “Riabouchinska,” along with “The Screaming Woman” and “Summer Night.” This chapter first examines Bradbury's development of the childlike pattern of war metaphors to structure the opening chapters of the Illinois novel, as well as his experimentation with his own warlike version of early childhood rebellion in “One Timeless Spring.” It also considers Bradbury's focus on the deeper complexities of child–adult relationships through a novel-length concept of his own, which drew him back to an aspect of Christopher Morley's 1925 novel, Thunder on the Left, that fascinated him—Morley's notion of time and relationships.

Keywords:   war metaphors, Ray Bradbury, Don Congdon, Illinois novel, childhood rebellion, One Timeless Spring, child-adult relationships, Christopher Morley, Thunder on the Left, time

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