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Ray Bradbury, legendary author of Fahrenheit 451 and The illustrated Man, has died

Jun. 6, 2012by: Paul Shirey

One of the most prolific authors of the last Century, Ray Bradbury, has passed away at the age of 91.  Book Publisher Harper Collins released in a statement that Bradbury "died peacefully, last night, in Los Angeles, after a lengthy illness."

Bradbury was the author of numerous novels and short stories, Fahrenheit 451 standing as hismost influential work and regarded as a classic today.  Many of his stories, including The Illustrated Man, The Martian Chronicles, and my personal favorite, A Sound of Thunder, have been adapted to either TV or film.

In addition, Bradbury was the host of the anthology series The Ray Bradbury Theater, which ran from 1985-1992.  Bradbury wrote the screenplay for John Huston's adaptation of MOBY DICK and was nominated for on Oscar.  He won an Emmy for his teleplay for The Halloween Tree." 

With hundreds of short stories, about fifty books, and an array of poems, scripts, etc., Bradbury left an indelible legacy of work in his wake.

"In my later years I have looked in the mirror each day and found a happy person staring back." he wrote in 2005. "Occasionally I wonder why I can be so happy. The answer is that every day of my life I've worked only for myself and for the joy that comes from writing and creating. The image in my mirror is not optimistic, but the result of optimal behavior."



Extra Tidbit: For many years Mel Gibson was preparing to adapt Fahrenheit 451, but it never came to be. I am still holding out hope for someone to tackle an updated adaptation of the novel.
Source: Chicago Tribune

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12:22PM on 06/06/2012
This is a sad day for not just films but for the world of writing in general. A tragic loss but his work and inspiration will live on.
This is a sad day for not just films but for the world of writing in general. A tragic loss but his work and inspiration will live on.
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12:51PM on 06/06/2012
He just had a little one-page article in the latest New Yorker. The man impressed me with how long he has been able to contribute and recollect about his own childhood inspirations. I didn't really read much of his stuff much, but always recognized its value in pop culture.
He just had a little one-page article in the latest New Yorker. The man impressed me with how long he has been able to contribute and recollect about his own childhood inspirations. I didn't really read much of his stuff much, but always recognized its value in pop culture.
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12:30PM on 06/06/2012
This has really been a turbulent year for the arts.
This has really been a turbulent year for the arts.
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3:43PM on 06/06/2012
One of the greatest authors of our time has passed, but his legacy will live on forever as not only important when it comes to topics like censorship and freedom, but as also allowing our imaginations to grow to heights that are not often seen in a world of lazy authors. Thank you Ray for everything you gave us and for everything your legacy will breed for us in the future generations of authors to come
One of the greatest authors of our time has passed, but his legacy will live on forever as not only important when it comes to topics like censorship and freedom, but as also allowing our imaginations to grow to heights that are not often seen in a world of lazy authors. Thank you Ray for everything you gave us and for everything your legacy will breed for us in the future generations of authors to come
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2:21PM on 06/06/2012

RIP Ray

I've read Frank Darabont's adaptation of FAHRENHEIT 451 and it's incredible. It would've been great with Gibson or Tom Hanks in the lead.
I've read Frank Darabont's adaptation of FAHRENHEIT 451 and it's incredible. It would've been great with Gibson or Tom Hanks in the lead.
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7:29PM on 06/06/2012

RIP

You'll be missed by so many :(
You'll be missed by so many :(
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