Also in LA he met a police man that inspired him to write the book Fahrenheit 451. The radio show Chundu the magician, Edgar Allan Poe, and many cities influenced Ray Bradbury’s novels, this can be seen in Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and Something Wicked Comes this Way. Background Ray Bradbury is known as one of the best fictional writers of the twentieth century. A lot of his novels are derived by his short stories (Slusser). His first writing was “The Jar” and “Skeleton” and he was paid twenty dollars for each of these short stories (Indick).
Rays family lived in Tucson, Arizona, in the years 1926-1927 and also in 1932–1933 they eventually stayed in Los Angeles in 1934 when he was fourteen. (biography.com) His family lived about four blocks from the Uptown Theater on Western Avenue in Los Angeles. That is the theater for MGM and Fox. He skated there and all over town. Bradbury was a big reader and writer when he was a kid.
Steinbeck died of heart disease in New York on November 20, 1968. In addition to East of Eden, Steinbeck produced many other novels and several volumes of short fiction in his early career. Most of Steinbeck’s novels and stories are set in the Salinas Valley in California where he spent most of his life. Steinbeck won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel, Grapes of Wrath which makes him best known. According to John Timmerman, ”Grapes of Wrath studies the problems migrant workers encountered while traveling from Oklahoma to California.” (1) Steinbeck wrote eighteen books through his life span.
Biography of Ray Douglas Bradbury Ray Douglas Bradbury became interested in books and writing at the age of seven and aware of the "fabulous world of future and the world of fantasy," through the arrival of Buck Rogers in comic strips and the magazine Amazing Stories. Thus begun his journey into a life of fantastic and futuristic types of literature that would be synonymous with his name (Kunitz, 1955, p. 111). Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Illinois on August 22, 1920. His parents, Esther and Leonard Bradbury sent him to public school in Waukegan until the Bradbury family moved to California in 1934. Bradbury then entered school at Los Angeles High.
Hammett departed from the British influence of detective literary writing and established the framework for future modern American detective novels (Parsell 3). Hammett’s writings are grounded in reality and the plot and characters are developed by the time they are set in. They are very realistic and have a gritty tone, they make no apologies about the violence and ugliness of the world in which the writer places his characters. They mirror the turbulent time of the Prohibition era and the Great Depression, which was a violent and lawless era. A psychological analysis of the author, the characters and the influence on the reader can provide more insights on The Maltese Falcon.
Fowles continued to teach in London until his writing enabled him to concentrate on a career as a writer. His first published novel in 1963, The Collector, was an immediate best seller. The critical acclaim and commercial success of the novel finally allowed Fowles to write full time. A collection of art and philosophical thoughts called The Aristos appeared in 1964. His most enduring work, The Magus, has become something of a popular cult novel in the United States.
Shirley Jackson Shirley Jackson, a writer of horror and humour, was born on December 14th, 1916 and passed away during the summer of 1965. Her first novel, “The Road Through the Wall” (1948) was set in the same suburb she spent her early years; Burlingame, San Francisco, California. In 1934 her family moved to Rochester, New York. She dropped out of the University of Rochester and three years later, Jackson enrolled into Syracuse, University where she met husband Stanley Edgar Hyman. As an editorial assistant for The New Republic he helped her publish “My Life with R.H Macy” (1941) as her first nationally published story.
Since his death on April 21, 1910, his great literary reputation has further increased. Many writers such as Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner have declared his work-especially Huckleberry Finn- a major influence on 20th-century American fiction. Twain was raised in Hannibal, Missouri, a town on the Mississippi river. After the death of his father in 1847, Twain joined his brother Orion's newspaper, the Hannibal Journal. During this time he became accustomed with much of the frontier humor of the time.
London has a history dating back to more than 2,000 years ago and several variables have it allowed it to become what it has today. London has experienced plague, devastating fire, civil war, aerial bombardment, terrorist attacks, and widespread rioting. The 18th century was an era where in order to convict someone of a crime you needed eyewitness testimonies or “smoking gun” evidence. For example, a man named Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created the short story series Sherlock Holmes. First published in 1887 in The Strand Magazine, the Study of Scarlett was published and Holmes’ success encouraged him to continue to write more short stories.
Ragtime gives an accurate picture of what New York City was like at that time through the people and events in history. “Fiction by the pointillist method: Drop by drop, color by color, Doctorow builds up a wildly shimmering portrait of New York City at the beginning of the twentieth century. Like many other historical novelists, he mingles real and fictional characters. His originality here is one of scale and energy; several invented families find themselves entwined with (among others) Henry Ford, Emma Goldman, Harry Houdini...,” and “...J. P. Morgan, and Emiliano Zapata (take this part out? ).” (Byrd, Max)