Ray Bradbury: The Life of Fiction

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Kent State University Press, Jan 1, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 570 pages
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Ray Bradbury: The Life of Fiction is the first comprehensive textual, bibliographical, and cultural study of sixty years of Bradbury's fiction. Drawing on correspondence with his publishers, agents, and friends, as well as archival manuscripts, The Life of Fiction examines the story of Bradbury's authorship over more than a half-century, from his earliest writings, which include The Martian Chronicles, to his most recently published novel, Let's All Kill Constance. It shows in detail the often devious and unsuspected interconnections between his unpublished fiction, his story collections, and his most celebrated novels.
The Life of Fiction focuses on the nature of Bradbury's authorship, exploring his profound involvement with the life of "carnival" as a textual process as well as a thematic concern in his writings, and each chapter of this book delves more deeply into how this process of meaning has shaped Bradbury's technique over the years. Bradbury's authorship is finally seen as occupying a unique position in our literary landscape - one that operates on the borders of popular entertainment and serious literature.
Ray Bradbury: The Life of Fiction will be welcomed by Bradbury fans and scholar, adding greatly to the understanding of his work and affecting the way Bradbury is read.
  

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Contents

Texts of Ray Bradbury i
1
Dark Carnival and The October Country
51
Martian Carnivals
105
The Simulacrum of Carnival
164
The Carnival Blaze of Summer
208
Fathering the Carnival
256
Corpse Carnivals
310
Carnival Sideshows
357
Conclusions
408
Afterword
428
Key to Abbreviations
437
Appendix
505
Selected Bibliography
553
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William F. Touponce is professor of English and adjunct professor of American Studies, Institute for American Thought, Indiana University, Indianapolis.

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