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Bradbury Beyond Apollo$
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Jonathan R. Eller

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043413

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043413.001.0001

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The Sleep of Reason

The Sleep of Reason

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(p.41) 6 The Sleep of Reason
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Bradbury Beyond Apollo
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Jonathan R. Eller

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043413.003.0007

Bradbury’s sensitivity to the supernatural opens chapter six with his fictional reflections on his long-dead father. His sense of immortality and creative purpose opened out from a request by director George Cukor and Katharine Hepburn to script Maeterlinck’s The Bluebird as an international film project. The chapter goes on to track his conviction that intellect is a danger to creativity and his belief in fiction writing as an intuitive search for truth. Bradbury’s anti-intellectual tendencies and his self-taught views on visual art surface in mid-1970s Los Angeles Times book reviews he published on photojournalist Archie Lieberman, comics creator Stan Lee, and the photography of Yoshikazu Shirakawa.

Keywords:   Ray Bradbury, George Cukor, Katharine Hepburn, Maurice Maeterlinck, The Bluebird, Archie Lieberman, Stan Lee, Yoshikazu Shirakawa

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