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AP English Literature and Composition12/10/10Ray Bradbury BiographyOn August 22, 1920, in Waukegan, Illinois, Ray Douglas Bradbury was born toLeonard and Esther Bradbury (Jepsen and Johnston).With his grandparents living nextdoor, Ray grew up surrounded by family.At the age of two, Bradbury’s grandfather firstintroduced him to radio; at the age of three, Bradbury’s mother, Esther, took him to seehis first film,The Hunchback of Notre Dame(Weller 27).Esther had a profoundinfluence on Bradbury, regularly taking him to the cinema and fostering his love of film.Although she regularly took Bradbury to the movies, Esther has just lost one of her two-year-old twin sons, and she vowed that the same fate would not fall on her youngestchild.She kept close watch on Bradbury, bottle-feeding him until the age of six, andspoon-feeding him until the brink of his teen years.Bradbury’s extremely shelteredchildhood has had great impact on his personality, making him extremely sensitive.Thisnature is evident in the sentimentalist nature of much of his work (Weller 25).One influence that has had even more impact on Bradbury than his mother and hissheltered childhood is his aunt, Neva.Neva, just ten years older than Bradbury, sharedher love of the arts with him. Neva and Bradbury shared a love of fantasy and thefantastic.For Christmas when Bradbury was four, Neva gave himOnce Upon a Time, hisfirst fantasy book.When he was five, Neva introduced Bradbury to L. Frank Baum’sOzseries, which enchanted him with its illustrations and whimsical style (Weller 30).Nevacontinued to influence Bradbury throughout his life, until her death on March 16, 2001(Weller 326)
Another major influence on Bradbury has been his hometown, Waukegan, Illinois.Waukegan, a small town on the bank of Lake Michigan, was Bradbury’s home until theage of thirteen.In Bradbury’s time, Waukegan was a popular vacation town, the beachescrowded in the summer.

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