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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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A Graveyard for Lunatics

A Graveyard for Lunatics

(p.189) 27 A Graveyard for Lunatics
Bradbury Beyond Apollo

Jonathan R. Eller

University of Illinois Press

Chapter 27 describes the development and publication of A Graveyard for Lunatics, Bradbury’s second exercise in sustained autobiographical fiction within a five-year span. If Death Is a Lonely Business had explored the late 1940s moment when he overcame his fear of losing his creativity, A Graveyard for Lunatics focused on the period in the 1950s and early 1960s when he realized that he must not be swallowed up by his love of writing for Hollywood. Bradbury knew that he would lose all the future stories he would ever write if he assumed the secure but anonymous life of a screenwriter, working only with the works of other writers. The resulting fantasy offered an effective satire of the Hollywood studio system.

Keywords:   Ray Bradbury, A Graveyard for Lunatics, Death Is a Lonely Business, Hollywood studio system

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