Ray Bradbury Writing Style Essay

1057 Words Mar 18th, 2007 5 Pages
Ray Bradbury was born on August 22nd, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois. In 1931 Bradbury began to write some of his first stories and in 1938 his first story "Hollerbochen's Dilemma" was published in Imagination, an amateur fan magazine. In 1942 Bradbury writes "The Lake" the story in which he feels that he discovered his unique style. During his early adult years his work was routinely rejected and not until the late 1940's did he breakthrough with the publication of his horror and fantasy stories in "pulp" magazines. Bradbury's real breakthrough to a mainstream audience came in 1950 with the publishing of his book "The Martian Chronicles", a series of short stories which describe the first attempts of Earth people to conquer and colonize …show more content…
It is all fairy tales and fantasy; there is no science fiction in there at all."
His literary style can best be described as enchantment as he captivates his readers with charm and bewitchment. He is something of an impressionistic writer, building up his scenes indirectly with a flood of images, using suggestion rather than direct contact. He is conscious of the link between his art, his own dreams and the dreams of his audience. His work charms his readers with visions of a timeless past, a challenging future and a tough present. Bradbury is also known as the author who enhanced both the prestige of science fiction and fantasy writing. He likes to use his science fiction to show the difference between deeply human values of the past with sterile gadgetry of the future. When he wrote about Mars he was not concerned with how the astronauts got there but about their strengths and weaknesses, both good and bad. His science fiction stories are closer to fantasy than science fiction… and closer to reality than fantasy. Even though he has been encouraged and assisted by a number of friends and teachers Bradbury is largely a self-taught writer. He discovered his literary voice when he learned how to tap into his own experiences for his subject matter and themes. His writing style has been compared to writing a bunch of short stories about some characters or a subject and then editing them into a novel.
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