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Young Bradbury attended Los Angeles High School. There he was involved in the drama club and planned to become an actor. He graduated from high schoolin 1938 and had no more formal education. He learned from reading the works of such writers as Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoyevsky, among others.Being encouraged by his family, Bradbury started creating at a very young age. While describing a young Bradbury, we can see that Bradbury was animaginative hard working boy who lived in a small town of Waukegan, where , in effect, every early description of teen-age Bradbury by a personal acquaintance spoke of “unfailing ability, puncture-proof good nature, constant buffoonery, and self-effacement”.Bradbury's early acquaintances with theatre evoked the fear about which he often writes. The theatre also gave strong character to Bradbury's colorful and enigmatic style. His mother, Esther Bradbury was a great movie buff, and she passed the enthusiasm on to her son. His mother, charmed by the newfound motion picture shows, often took young Ray into these mysterious, dark theatres, where he watched silent-movies in wide-eyed wonder.
Bradbury remembers the darkness of the theatres, where he developed a fear of the dark. Bradbury said : “ you have to know fear and apprehension before you can write about it” .As a child he liked to read much, Ray Bradbury's experiences led him to the life of writing odd, mysterious novels, which distinguished him fromother science fiction writers. Bradbury was also familiar with many classic writers and their books which he was reading a lot at his spare time.“Around the age of twelve, a young Ray Bradbury wandered into the Dill Brothers Carnival, in which he met two magicians, Mr. Electrico and Blackstone. These two men would have a great effect on Bradbury and his interests and further literature as well.Mr. Electrico knighted the twelve-year old Ray Bradbury with his electric swordand said: "Live Forever". The kid from Waukegan thought that was the greatest thing he had ever heard. Following this sword he tried to stay alive not only in his material life, but in his books. “Bradbury's collection of stories, The Illustrated Mancame from the afternoon he met the "Tattoo Man" while wandering through the carnival with Mr. Electrico”.Bradbury began his writing in earnest at the end of the summer of 1932, the summer after Mr. Electrico arrived in Waukegan with the Dill Brothers Carnival. The other magician, Blackstone, was also performing in the Dill Brothers Carnival. Since that time Bradbury developed his interest in drama and acting, and, after witnessing a performance by the magician Blackstone, a lifelong passion for magic. Without these influences on Bradbury's life, his writing style would most likely be different or fail to exist altogether.