Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Bradbury mss. III, 1941-1971, consist of material related to Ray Douglas Bradbury, 1920-2012, science-fiction writer.

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."

Included in the collection are copyright agreements with All-Fiction Field, Inc., Fictioneers, Inc., and Popular Publications, Inc.; correspondence chiefly between editors and the literary agents of Harold Matson Company, Inc. (three letters are from Bradbury); and royalty checks. Two checks are for the story, "Pendulum," written with Henry Hasse, July 8, 1941, and May 9, 1950. Several of the checks are endorsed by Julius Schwartz, his literary agent from 1941 to 1947.

A photograph of Bradbury is enclosed with a letter of Oct. 10, 1965.

Correspondents include Leigh Brackett, Ray Douglas Bradbury, Don Congdon, Edwin J. Harragan, Martha Johnson, Alden Homes Norton, and Warren Pincus.

Printed materials include: three contents pages from magazines which printed Bradbury stories (1946, 1949, 1950); Ray Bradbury Review edited by William E. Nolan (1952); review of Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes (NYT 9-19-62); "A Portrait of Genius: Ray Bradbury" from Show (Dec. 1964); a Bradbury article, "At What Temperature Do Books Burn" (NYT 11-13-66); book jacket by George Barrow for Dark Carnival (undated); and an undated clipping about plagiarism and Fahrenheit 451.

An inventory is available.

Acquired: 1982

Collection size: 97 items

Related manuscripts: Bradbury mss., Bradbury mss. II

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