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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 Inherited Wish

The Inherited Wish

(p.49) 7 The Inherited Wish
Bradbury Beyond Apollo

Jonathan R. Eller

University of Illinois Press

The chapter begins with an analysis of “The Inherited Wish,” his introduction to William F. Nolan’s Ray Bradbury Companion. The phrase was originally Sir Lawrence Olivier’s way of explaining his inherent love of his acting life, and Bradbury adapted it to explain his own inherent love of his writer’s life. The chapter continues to track Bradbury’s abiding resistance to the intellectual establishment’s occasional attacks on science fiction’s rise into the literary mainstream. Bradbury’s compelling mystical vision attracted Marcel Marceau with a collaboration proposal that neither man had time to develop. Stuart Gordon’s successful Chicago stage productions of The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit was soon followed by his participation in NASA’s “Why Man Explores” symposium with explorer Jacques Cousteau and novelist James A. Michener.

Keywords:   Ray Bradbury, William F Nolan, Ray Bradbury Companion, Laurence Olivier, Marcel Marceau, Stuart Gordon, The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit, NASA, Why Man Explores

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