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Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury was born on Aug. 22, 1920, and grew up in Waukegan, Ill., where—entranced with magicians, comic strips and science fiction magazine covers—he began to write at the age of 12.

He supported himself by selling newspapers on a street corner from 1939 until 1942. He made approximately ten dollars a week. When he made eleven dollars a week at writing, he stopped selling newspapers.

His plays, novels and stories are studied and appreciated by readers, schools and audiences everywhere. Many consider him the greatest creator of modern science fiction. In 2007, the Pulitzer Prize Board presented him with a special citation for his distinguished, prolific and deeply influential career as an unmatched author of science fiction and fantasy.