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Ray Bradbury's Biographer Is Taking Your Questions Now

Posted by: Mary Kearl, April 22, 2013 2:49 pm
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Sam Weller, an associate professor at Columbia, was Ray Bradbury's chosen biographer. He is also the author of Listen to the Echoes: The Ray Bradbury Interviews and Shadow Show: All New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury.

Saturday, April 27 @ 12 p.m., ONLINE:  Sam Weller will take your questions about the author, Fahrenheit 451 and more on our website. Post a comment on this blog post any time before Saturday and during 12 to 1 p.m. on Saturday and you'll get a reply from Weller himself. You can join us for a discussion on Facebook as well.

Saturday, April 27 @ 2 p.m., Queens Library at Flushing: Learn about Bradbury’s contributions to popular culture and how he wrote Fahrenheit 451. Copies of Weller’s books will be available for purchase and signing. Enter a raffle to win a copy of Fahrenheit 451 and an audio guide to the book. You must be present to win.

 

 


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MarKea166

I answered some of this in the question above, but here are a few others:

THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck (influnced the structure of the Martian Chronicles)

THE LONG VALLEY by John Steimbeck

SLOUCHING TOWARDS BETHLEHEM by Joan Didion

TALES OF MYSTERY AND IMAGINATION BY EDGAR ALLAN POE

THE WIZARD OF OZ by L. Frank Baum

PATSIS142--

Ray told me that if he could pick one book to memorize, it would be A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens. Indeed, he had eceletic reading tastes. He also loved comic strips, especially CALVIN AND HOBBES and MUTTS.

He also loved Melville, Shakespeare and his very favorite book was TENDER IS THE NIGHT by Fitzgerald. He always bought a copy of this book when he went to Paris and would reread it at street cafes. He went to Paris 20 times!

JAMJAG312,

FAHRENHEIT was made into a movie in 1966, directed by Francois Truffaut. It is a very cool movie, very Euro, very aesthically neat to look at. But it is not the book. Some important characters were missing, and the mechanical hound was cut out beacuse they didnt have the special effects know how at the time to pull it off. Bradbury loved some aspects of the movie, and didnt like others. He did not like that Julie Christie was cast as both Montag's wife and Clarisse.

JOAKIN371--

Thanks for your question! It's good to be here in Queens.

FAHRENHEIT 451 has its own somewhat checkered censorship history. I find this ironic as it is a book that deals with issues of censorship. 451 is, of course a regular on the "Banned Books" list. In truth, only a few school boards have taken it out of their curriculums. There was also an edition of the book that had a few very minor words of profanity (omitted words you would hear today on prime time televiison). Ray Bradbury demanded the text of the book be restored to its original form.

As for your other question, yes, Bradbury knew some of the "Hollywood Blacklist" writers. I go into this in length in my first book, THE BRADBURY CHRONICLES: THE LIFE OF RAY BRADBURY.

THANK YOU!

Bradbury said that the book was inspired by the blacklisting of the Joe McCarthy era. So many authors, artists and film makers were censored during that time. Were any of Bradbury's works censored? Did he know any of the people affected?

Wasn't Farenheit 451 made into a movie? And how did Ray feel about the film?

According to an interview conducted by Barnes and Noble with Ray Bradbury in 2003, Bradbury's favorite books include: Edgar Rice Burroughs' 'The John Carter, Warlord of Mars' books; essays by George Bernard Shaw; poetry by Alexander Pope; Shakespeare's plays; Herman Melville's Moby Dick; Loren Eisley's poetry and essays; and the short stories of Eudora Welty, Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, and Jessamyn West. Quite a selection!

In addition to Farenheit 451, other books by Bradbury include The Illustrated Man, Martian Chronicles, and Something Wicked This Way Comes.

What were some of Ray Bradbury's favorite books? I want my next library checkout to be inspired by the author!


MarKea166

I answered some of this in the question above, but here are a few others:

THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck (influnced the structure of the Martian Chronicles)

THE LONG VALLEY by John Steimbeck

SLOUCHING TOWARDS BETHLEHEM by Joan Didion

TALES OF MYSTERY AND IMAGINATION BY EDGAR ALLAN POE

THE WIZARD OF OZ by L. Frank Baum

PATSIS142--

Ray told me that if he could pick one book to memorize, it would be A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens. Indeed, he had eceletic reading tastes. He also loved comic strips, especially CALVIN AND HOBBES and MUTTS.

He also loved Melville, Shakespeare and his very favorite book was TENDER IS THE NIGHT by Fitzgerald. He always bought a copy of this book when he went to Paris and would reread it at street cafes. He went to Paris 20 times!

JAMJAG312,

FAHRENHEIT was made into a movie in 1966, directed by Francois Truffaut. It is a very cool movie, very Euro, very aesthically neat to look at. But it is not the book. Some important characters were missing, and the mechanical hound was cut out beacuse they didnt have the special effects know how at the time to pull it off. Bradbury loved some aspects of the movie, and didnt like others. He did not like that Julie Christie was cast as both Montag's wife and Clarisse.

JOAKIN371--

Thanks for your question! It's good to be here in Queens.

FAHRENHEIT 451 has its own somewhat checkered censorship history. I find this ironic as it is a book that deals with issues of censorship. 451 is, of course a regular on the "Banned Books" list. In truth, only a few school boards have taken it out of their curriculums. There was also an edition of the book that had a few very minor words of profanity (omitted words you would hear today on prime time televiison). Ray Bradbury demanded the text of the book be restored to its original form.

As for your other question, yes, Bradbury knew some of the "Hollywood Blacklist" writers. I go into this in length in my first book, THE BRADBURY CHRONICLES: THE LIFE OF RAY BRADBURY.

THANK YOU!

Bradbury said that the book was inspired by the blacklisting of the Joe McCarthy era. So many authors, artists and film makers were censored during that time. Were any of Bradbury's works censored? Did he know any of the people affected?

Wasn't Farenheit 451 made into a movie? And how did Ray feel about the film?

According to an interview conducted by Barnes and Noble with Ray Bradbury in 2003, Bradbury's favorite books include: Edgar Rice Burroughs' 'The John Carter, Warlord of Mars' books; essays by George Bernard Shaw; poetry by Alexander Pope; Shakespeare's plays; Herman Melville's Moby Dick; Loren Eisley's poetry and essays; and the short stories of Eudora Welty, Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, and Jessamyn West. Quite a selection!

In addition to Farenheit 451, other books by Bradbury include The Illustrated Man, Martian Chronicles, and Something Wicked This Way Comes.

What were some of Ray Bradbury's favorite books? I want my next library checkout to be inspired by the author!