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Wednesday, May 19, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
by Nathaniel Rich
Slate (10 May 2010)

“Ray Bradbury is one of the most prolific writers of our time—and our parents’ time, and our grandparents’ time. As he approaches his 90th birthday, he continues to publish, his pace slowed only slightly by a stroke that requires him to write by dictation. (His daughter is his amanuensis; he calls her on the telephone and she faxes him back the typed pages.) Thanks to Fahrenheit 451, now required reading for every American middle-schooler, Bradbury is generally thought of as a writer of novels, but his talents—particularly his mastery of the diabolical premise and the brain-exploding revelation—are best suited to the short form. Two of his better-known novels, The Martian Chronicles and Dandelion Wine, are story collections in disguise, and even Fahrenheit 451 began as “The Fireman,” a short story. So while the Everyman’s Library edition of The Stories of Ray Bradbury—which includes only 100 stories and runs a mere 1,059 closely printed pages—represents just a microscopic fraction of Bradbury’s work, it’s not a bad place to start.”


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