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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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Death Is a Lonely Business

Death Is a Lonely Business

(p.152) 22 Death Is a Lonely Business
Bradbury Beyond Apollo

Jonathan R. Eller

University of Illinois Press

Much of chapter 22 centers on the evolution of Death Is a Lonely Business, Bradbury’s first sustained experiment in autobiographical fiction. The novel represents Bradbury’s long backward glance at his life in the late 1940s, when he first realized that he would be able to be successful as a mainstream author. This chapter tracks the long road culminating in Bradbury’s return to detective fiction and the influence of such precursors and friends as Ross Macdonald, Leigh Brackett, and James Crumley. Chapter 22 concludes with a broader range of life loves and influences as Bradbury described them to his pen-pal friend and fellow poet Helen Bevington.

Keywords:   Ray Bradbury, Death Is a Lonely Business, Ross Macdonald, Leigh Brackett, James Crumley, Helen Bevington

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