Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Bradbury mss., 1959, consists of letters of Ray Douglas Bradbury, 1920-2012, science-fiction writer, to writer-producer Sidney Carroll.

Bradbury was born on August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, IL. In 1922 he married Marguerite McClure; together they had four daughters, and stayed married until her death in 2003. At the age of sixteen Bradbury began a distinguished literary career that spanned eight decades and included novels and stories such as: "Pendulum," Dark Carnival; The Martian Chronicles; Fahrenheit 451; The Illustrated Man; Something Wicked This Way Comes; and numerous other works. He died on June 5, 2012. In his obituary, The New York Times wrote: "By many estimations, Mr. Bradbury was the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream."

In the letters, Bradbury discusses his wish to be on The Jack Paar Show and mentions The Martian Chronicles and Rocket Summer. Included are a holograph letter and a Christmas card.

An inventory is available.

Acquired: 1971

Collection size: 5 items

Related manuscripts: Bradbury mss. II, Bradbury mss. III

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