American Literature Essay- Rough Draft

American Literature Essay- Rough Draft - Grabhorn 1 Trevor...

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Grabhorn 1 Trevor Grabhorn Mrs. Buchanan English III 17 February 2011 The Disbandment of Literature and its Effects on Society Does literature really possess a place in our world anymore? Over the years the average American would rather turn on the inevitable TV and watch hours of trash instead of letting the words of a novel tell the story. Ray Douglas Bradbury was a man who had this exact attitude of America and its abandonment of literature. Bradbury was born on August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois to Leonard Spaulding Bradbury and Ester Mebery Bradbury. His father was an electrical lineman, and his mother was unemployed and of Swedish descent (American Writers 101). Leonard Bradbury, his father, was English by ancestry, although the family had been in the New World since at least the seventeenth century. Ray was born with an older brother who was playing baseball the day of his birth (“Bradbury, Ray (Douglas) (1920- ).” Bradbury was fortunate to have no complications at birth and have both parents but unfortunately his family was poor and his education was under par. Between 1926 and 1933, the Bradbury family moved back and forth between Waukegan and Tucson, Arizona. In 1931, young Ray began writing his own stories on butcher paper. In 1934, the Bradbury family moved to Los Angeles, California. As a teenager, Bradbury often roller-skated through Hollywood, trying to spot celebrities. He befriended other talented and creative people, like special effects maestro Ray Harryhausen and radio star George Burns. In fact, it was Burns who gave Bradbury his
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Grabhorn 2 first pay as a writer -- for contributing a joke to the Burns & Allen Show. Bradbury attended Los Angeles High School where he was active in the drama club and planned to become an actor. However, two of his teachers recognized a greater talent in Bradbury, and encouraged his development as a writer. Snow Longley Housh taught him about poetry and Jeannet Johnson taught him to write short stories. Over 60 years later, Bradbury's work bears the indelible impressions left by these two women. As his high school years progressed, Bradbury grew serious about becoming a writer. Outside of class, he contributed to fan publications and joined the Los Angeles Science Fiction League. At school, he improved his grades and joined the Poetry Club. Bradbury's formal education ended with his high school graduation in 1938. However, he continued to educate himself. He sold newspapers on Los Angeles street corners all day, but spent his nights in the library. The diligent hours between newspaper editions were spent at his typewriter (Jepsen). Through his struggles to get the best education, Bradbury persevered throughout his career. Bradbury started out with a rough career not making that much money from his
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