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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Ray Bradbury  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:CHILD C:YA Fiction Mystery Poetry Science_Fiction

Born: August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois with the given name of: Rae Douglas Bradbury


Illinois Connection

Bradbury was born in Waukegan and lived there until 1934.

Biographical and Professional Information

Ray Bradbury was a novelist, short-story writer, essayist, playwright, children's book author, screenwriter, and poet. He is one of the most celebrated fiction writers of our time and is also considered one of the most important figures in the development of science fiction literature.

He wrote the screenplay for John Huston’s classic adaptation of ''Moby Dick'' and has been nominated for an Academy Award. He adapted 65 of his stories for television’s ''The Ray Bradbury Theater'' and won an Emmy for his teleplay of ''The Halloween Tree''.

In 2000 Bradbury was honored by the National Book Foundation with a medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He is the recipient of the 2004 National Medal of Arts, the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation and the 2008 Illinois Literary Heritage Award from the Illinois Center for the Book. Outside of his literary achievements, Ray Bradbury was the idea consultant and wrote the basic scenario for the United States Pavilion at the 1964 New York World's Fair. He conceived the metaphors for Spaceship Earth, EPCOT, Disney World, and he contributed to the conception of the Orbitron space ride at Euro-Disney, France. He was creative consultant for the Jon Jerde Partnership, the architectural firm that blueprinted the Glendale Galleria, The Westside Pavilion in Los Angeles, and Horton Plaza in San Diego.

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