Ray Bradbury

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Born

August 22, 1920

Bradbury was born in 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois to Esther Bradbury a Swedish immigrant and Leonard Spaulding Bradbury a power and telephone lineman of English Descent.

Moving

1926 - 1933

The Bradbury family moved back and forth between Waukegan and Tucson, Arizona.

Stories

1931

At age eleven, young Ray began writing his own stories.

Horror

1932

At age twelve, Bradbury began writing traditional horror stories and said he tried to imitate Edgar Allan Poe until he was eighteen.

The Warlord of Mars

1932

At the age of 12 he wrote his own sequel to The Warlord of Mars

California

1934

The Bradbury family moved to Los Angeles, California in 1934

High School

1934

When he moved to Los Angeles he attended high school and was active in the drama club

Los Angeles

1934

When Bradbury was 14 the family eventually settled in Los Angeles.

First pay

1934

Bradbury's first pay as a writer was at the age of fourteen, when Burns hired him to write for the Burns and Allen show.

First Published Story

January 1938

His first published story was "Hollerbochen's Dilemma" which appeared in the fanzine.

Graduation

1942

He sold newspapers from high school graduation

Writing

1943

He devoted all his time to writing

First Story

1946

Bradbury's first story about the Addams family was "Homecoming" published in the Halloween issue of Mademoiselle

Married

1947

He married Maggie McClure

Published

1947

His first collection, Dark Carnival, was published

Child

1949

Bradbury and his wife were expecting their first child.

Published

1950

The Martian Chronicles was published

Fahrenheit 451

1953

His first science fiction book was published

Award

1954

He was given the Benjamin Franklin Award

Stroke

1999

Bradbury suffered a stoke that left him partially dependent on a wheelchair for mobility.

Awarded

2000

He was awarded National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters

From the Dust Returned

October 2001

Bradbury published all the Family stories he had written in one book with a collecting narrative.

Original Novel

2006

Bradbury published the original novel remaining after the extraction, and re titled it "Farewell Summer"

Retiring

2009

Bradbury retired from the circuit

Death

June 5, 2012

Bradbury died in Los Angeles, California, on June 5, 2012, at the age of 91, after a lengthy illness.