Cover for Eller: Becoming Ray Bradbury. Click for larger imageThe December 2011 edition of Illinois Issues magazine includes a feature on Jonathan Eller’s new book Becoming Ray Bradbury.

“Eller, who has known Bradbury since the 1980s, focused his book on that period of growth in the author’s life — from his school years to early 30s — when he struggled to define his work and then rather suddenly fell into his niche and found commercial success.  Eller says while the anecdotal stories of Bradbury’s life are well-known, he wanted to tell the back story. . . . In his book, Eller painstakingly traces what Bradbury was reading when and whom he was talking to and sharing his work with. Eller illustrates the connections between the author’s influences and his work and documents all of Bradbury’s early professional struggles.”

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