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Ray Bradbury Literary InfluencesRay Bradbury Literary InfluencesRay Bradbury one of the most revered science-fiction authors has hadmany things occur in his life which directly influenced his style of writing Inaddition to influencing his style these events also affected the content and themeof his individual works Putting all of this aside however if these specific eventsdid not occur in Bradburys life he would not have become a science-fictionwriterThroughout his childhood Bradbury was exposed to many types ofliterature While living in Waukegan Illinois at the age of six Bradburys Auntread him the Oz books Also at this early age Bradbury was encouraged to readthe classic Norse Roman and Greek myths Johnson 1 When he grew oldenough to choose his own reading material the boy rapidly developed a fondnessfor the stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs and the comic book heroes Flash GordonBuck Rogers and Prince Valiant Johnson 1 It was these comic book heroeswho fueled Bradburys fondness for science fiction After moving to TucsonArizona Bradbury got a job a local radio station because of his experience inWaukegan as an amateur magician I was on the radio every Saturday nightreading comic book strips to the kiddies and being paid in free movie tickets tolocal cinema where I saw The Mummy The Murders in the Wax MuseumDracula and King Kong Johnson 2 In reference to his one year in TucsonArizona Bradbury recalls It was one of the greatest years of my life because Iwas acting and singing in operettas and writing beginning to write my first shortstories Johnson 2 After graduating from high school Bradbury bought atypewriter and rented an office with the money saved from selling newspapers While in his early twenties Bradbury sold one science-fiction short stories everymonth for four years He was paid 20 for each story Bradbury sold some of hisfirst stories in 1945 to magazines such as Colliers Charm and MademoiselleKunitz and Haycraft 111112 Ray Bradbury had a number of literary influences At its best
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