The Rockford Public Library and Tinker Swiss Cottage are partnering to bring author, Jonathan R. Eller, to Rockford.

Ray Bradbury in the 21st Century”

Mr. Eller is the author of Becoming Ray Bradbury, The authoritative biography of Ray Bradbury's early years. Becoming Ray Bradbury, chronicles the making of an iconic American writer by exploring Ray Bradbury's childhood and early years of his long life in fiction, film, television, radio, and theater. Jonathan R. Eller measures the impact of the authors, artists, illustrators, and filmmakers who stimulated Bradbury's imagination throughout his first three decades. Unprecedented access to Bradbury's personal papers and other private collections provides insight into his emerging talent through his unpublished correspondence, his rare but often insightful notes on writing, and his interactions with those who mentored him during those early years.

Jonathan R. Eller is the Chancellor’s Professor of English and Director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, Indiana University School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI

About The Book
Beginning with his childhood in Waukegan, Illinois, and Los Angeles, this biography follows Bradbury's development from avid reader to maturing author, making a living writing for the genre pulps and mainstream magazines. Eller illuminates the sources of Bradbury's growing interest in the human mind, the human condition, and the ambiguities of life and death--themes that became increasingly apparent in his early fiction. Bradbury's correspondence documents his frustrating encounters with the major trade publishing houses and his earliest unpublished reflections on the nature of authorship. Eller traces the sources of Bradbury's very conscious decisions, following the sudden success of The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man, to voice controversial political statements in his fiction. Eller also elucidates the complex creative motivations that yielded Fahrenheit 451.

Who:     Author, Jonathan R. Eller
Where: Montague Branch/Rockford Public Library
1238 S. Winnebago St.
Rockford, IL 61102
When: May 20th at 4:00 p.m.

Who:     Author, Jonathan R. Eller
Where: Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum
411 Kent St.
Rockford, IL 61102             
When: May 20th at 7:00 p.m.


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