Ray Bradbury: 1920-2012

I grew up about fifteen minutes away from Ray Bradbury’s hometown of Waukegan, Illinois.  He’s one of those writers I associate with the period in my life when I really started to love books.  Obviously there’s Fahrenheit 451, which I read and loved during that time, but the first Bradbury book I’m always going to think of is his semi-autobiographical Dandelion Wine.  The teacher who gave me a copy of the book was one of the great influences on my life, and she told me that even though she respected Bradbury as a great science fiction writer, Dandelion Wine was her favorite book by him.  I promised I’d read it right away, but for some reason or another it took me close to a decade to get to the book, but somehow the same copy the teacher gave me survived countless moves to new apartments and sits right above my desk to this day.

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