Can you help me with the Ray's Bradbury's life and how his life experiences influenced his writing?© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 10, 2019, 7:05 am ad1c9bdddf
To give you a beginning for dealing with this topic, I searched online for articles and sites about the author, and pulled passages that help explain how his life experiences influenced his work. ALL of these passages could be cited in any paper or essay that you might have to produce on this subject - and be sure to properly cite any of this information that you do choose to use, using the citation style your teacher expects you to use for their class (APA, MLA, Chicago, Harvard, whatever). I have supplied the URL for each of the references I located and skimmed for you.
If you need more information, search any engine you like (Google Scholar is a good one) using such search phrases as "Ray Bradbury's influences in his work." There are surely many more references than theses few I skimmed for you - look for passages that mention how things about his life showed up in his published works, as I did here.
From this Web-based reference: http://illinoisissues.uis.edu/archives/2011/12/bradbury.html
Some of the quote OR paraphrase-worthy comments on Bradbury's life experiences that influenced his work:
"When he began to write stories from his own experience, his own sense of the passions and fears and hauntings of the typical Midwestern child ... that's when he developed his own voice," says Eller, the director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, where he is also an English professor.
An asteroid has been named for Bradbury, and in 1971, the Apollo 15 crew named a moon crater the "Dandelion Crater," for Dandelion Wine, his fix-up novel about fictional Green Town, Illinois, that draws heavily from his Waukegan childhood.
The depression forced the Bradbury family to leave Illinois so Ray's father could find work. The family moved to Tucson, Ariz., back to Waukegan and eventually settled in Los Angeles. But the Illinois town would always stay with him, and it was those childhood years that would inspire what both Bradbury and Eller described as the author's first important work. Eller wrote: "One short narrative sketch from his senior year [in high school] showed the promise of what he could do by writing from lived experience. It was called The Night, and it was built entirely on memories of the ravine that had nearly surrounded his Waukegan home. It's not surprising that the ravine was the only "character" in this long-lost sketch, for it has long been recognized as one of Bradbury's most pervasive dark places. As he matured, the ravine continued to fascinate him as a borderland where town and nature struggled to control the landscape — an ambiguous borderland between the rational and irrational, between life and death."
"It was a very personal experience, Bradbury said, recalling the story in a 2001 interview. "I wrote it when I was 17 and then wasn't smart enough to see that I had created an original piece."
Waukegan was more than fodder for his stories. It was the place where Bradbury developed his lifelong love of libraries and a desire for immortality that pushed him to become an author. "Bradbury's rise to authorship began in earnest at the Waukegan Public ...
Web-based resources of passages that reveal author Ray Bradbury's life experiences and attitudes which influenced his works of literature. URLs provided.