Ray Douglas Bradbury

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"I don't need to be vindicated, and I don't want attention. I never question. I never ask anyone else's opinion. They don't count." were the words of a man who seeked to be immortalized by his works of writing (Ray Bradbury Douglas 1). Ray Douglas Bradbury a native of Waukegan, Illinois grew up happy and desired to be a writer at the age of 12. He wrote one of his most famous works Fahrenheit 451 in 1953 and it was acclaimed almost instantly as an American Classic (Ray Bradbury Douglas 1). Bradbury’s science fiction has turned into an eerie reality with today’s society paralleling it’s entertainment centered culture. Although he was born and lived a few years in Waukegan, his family moved to Los Angeles where he began his passion for reading and writing in the local library. Growing up in the heart of the depression he could not afford a college education after graduating high school. His first job after high school was a paper delivery boy while beginning to write a self published magazine called Futuria Fantasia. His first paid stories were composed in the early 1940’s. In 1947 he met his wife Maggie McClure, during most of their marriage she supported them financially as Ray struggled to make money at writing. In 1950 he published his first major novel The Martian Chronicles with a futuristic look at colonizing mars and stumbling upon native Martians. Most of his works are grouped into the science fiction genre however he saw his works more as fantasy. In 1953
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