This chapter examines Ray Bradbury's private failures in his first attempts at publishing novel-length fiction during the late 1940s. It first considers Bradbury's belief in writing as a purely emotional endeavor before discussing his frustrating encounters with the major trade publishing houses over his proposed projects that included an illustrated book based on the vampire “Family” stories; an outline for the Illinois novel, now titled Summer Morning, Summer Night; and a wide-ranging collection of Bradbury tales brought together under the still-unsold title story, The Illustrated Man. It also discusses Bradbury's disappointment stemming from Farrar & Straus's rejection of all three short stories that were part of The Illustrated Man, and how this rejection led Bradbury to lash out at Don Congdon.
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