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The life of Ray Bradbury -- Ray Bradbury and the question of "science fiction" -- The Martian Chronicles (1950) -- The Illustrated man (1951) -- Fahrenheit 451 (1953) -- Dandelion wine (1957) -- Something wicked this way comes (1962) -- Death is a lonely business (1985) -- A Graveyard for lunatics (1990) -- Green shadows, white whale (1992).
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to Bradbury's personal papers and other private collections provides insight into his emerging talent through his unpublished correspondence, his rare but often insightful notes on writing, and his interactions with those who mentored him during those early years. 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 pulp 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Bradbury's correspondence documents his frustrating encounters with the major trade publishing houses and his earliest unpublished reflections on the nature of authorship.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, and he highlights the private motivations behind the burst of creative energy that transformed his novella'The Fireman'into the classic novel Fahrenheit 451. Becoming Ray Bradbury reveals Bradbury's emotional world as it matured through his explorations of cinema and art, his interactions with agents and editors, his reading discoveries, and the invaluable reading suggestions of older writers. These largely unexplored elements of his life pave the way to a deeper understanding of his more public achievements, providing a biography of the mind, the story of Bradbury's self-education and the emerging sense of authorship at the heart of his boundless creativity.
Contemporary reviews. At fault : A St. Louis novelist / St. Louis Post-Dispatch ; [From "Recent fiction"] / The Nation -- Bayou folk : Bayou folk / The Critic ; [From "The new books"] / New Orleans Daily Picayune ; [ From "Literary notices. Recent fiction"] / Hartford Daily Courant ; [From "The new books"] / Review of Reviews ; [From "Book reviews"] / Public Opinion -- A night in Acadie : [From "Among the new books"] / St. Louis Post-Dispatch ; [From "More novels"] / The Nation ; Mrs. Chopin's "Night in Acadie" / "J. L. G." [Jeannette L. Gilder for The critic ; [Review of A night in Acadie] / New Orleans Daily Picayune -- The awakening : [From Recent novels"] / The Nation ; [From "Books of the week"] / Providence Sunday Journal -- [From "The newest books"] / C[harles] L. Deyo for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch ; From "100 books for summer" / New York Times Saturday Review of Books and Art -- [From "Book reviews"] / Public Opinion -- Biographical sketch (1894). "Kate Chopin" / William Schuyler for The writer -- Criticism before 1969. [From Their day in court] / Percival Pollard ; Stories by Kate Chopin / Joseph J. Reilly ; A forgotten novel : Kate Chopin's The awakening / Kenneth Eble --
Criticism after 1969. The awakening : a political romance / Lawrence Thornton -- Kate Chopin's quarrel with Darwin before The awakening ; The teeth of desire : The awakening and The descent of man / Bert Bender -- The boy's quest in Kate Chopin's "A vocation and a voice" / Peggy Skaggs -- The restive brute : the sympolic presentation of repression and sublimation in Kate Chopin's "Fedora" / Joyce [Coyne] Dyer -- Pride and prejudice : Kate Chopin's "Desiree's bady" / Robert D. Arner -- Narrative stance in Kate Chopin's The awakening / Ruth Sullivan and Stewart Smith -- Armand Aubigny, still passing after all these years : the narrative voice and historical context of "Desiree's baby" / Margaret D. Bauer -- "Acting like fools" : the ill-fated romances of "At the 'Cadian ball" and "The storm" / Lawrence I. Berkove -- Kate Chopin's fascination with young men / Linda Wagner-Martin -- "The house of Sylvie" in Kate Chopin's "Athenaise" / Heather Kirk Thomas -- Her own story : the woman of letters in Kate Chopin's short fiction / Nancy A. Walker -- Picture perfect : painting in The awakening / Kathryn Lee Seidel -- Land's end : The awakening and 19th-century literary tradition / Priscilla Leder.
Reading "Culture" in Chopin's Works -- Stage and Status: Theatre in the Short Fiction of Kate Chopin / Donna Kornhaber, David Kornahaber -- Chopin's Lyrical Anodyne for the Modern Soul / Jane F. Thrailkill -- Kate Chopin in Vogue: Establishing a Textual Context for A Vocation and a Voice / Heidi Johnsen -- Religion, Race, Class, and Gender in the Shorter Texts -- Storming the Cathedral: The Antireligious Subtext in Kate Chopin's Works / Garnet Ayers Batinovich -- "So the storm passed . . .": Interrogating Race, Class, and Gender in Chopin's "At the 'Cadian Ball" and "The Storm" / Lisa A. Kirby -- Extinguished Humanity: Fire in Kate Chopin's "The Godmother" / Meredith Frederich -- Issues of Privilege in The Awakening -- From "Shadowy Anguish" to "The Million Lights of the Sun": Racial Iconography in Kate Chopin's The Awakening / Rebecca Nisetich -- The Awakening: Chopin's Reading of Leisure-Class Women in Ourland / Li-Wen Chang.
This study offers an investigation of a selection of Gilman's short stories in the light of her assertion that women do not have to give up love or work in order to succeed in life. Yet, as this study proves, the problem with this ideology is that although ‘both'embodies two elements – love and work, there are in fact three factors operating within the equation – marriage, motherhood, and professional life.
Introduction / Jill Rudd & Val Gough -- Gilman and Feminism -- Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Rights of Women: Her Legacy for the 1990s / Ann J. Lane -- The Intellectualism of Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Evolutionary Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity, and Class / Lisa Ganobcsik-Williams -- Women, Work, and the Home -- "What a Comfort a Woman Doctor Is!" Medical Women in the Life and Writing of Charlotte Perkins Gilman / Frederick Wegener -- Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Three Women: Work, Marriage, and the Old(er) Woman / Katharine Cockin -- Home Is Where the Heart Is, Or Is It? Three Women and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Theory of the Home / Marie T. Farr -- Kitchenless Houses and Homes: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Reform of Architectural Space / Yvonne Gaudelius -- Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Educational Reform / Deborah M. De Simone -- Motherhood and Reproduction -- Consumption, Production, and Reproduction in the Work of Charlotte Perkins Gilman / Naomi B. Zauderer -- Reconfiguring Vice: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Prostitution, and Frontier Sexual Contracts / Judith A. Allen -- "Fecundate! Discriminate!" Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Theologizing of Maternity / Sandra M. Gilbert & Susan Gubar -- Public and Private Faces -- Hair Today, Shorn Tomorrow? Hair Symbolism, Gender, and the Agency of Self / Karen Stevenson -- "Written to Drive Nails With": Recalling the Early Poetry of Charlotte Perkins Gilman / Catherine J. Golden -- "But O My Heart": The Private Poetry of Charlotte Perkins Gilman / Denise D. Knight
Series Foreword / Kathleen Gregory Klein -- 1. The Life of Gabriel Garcia Marquez -- 2. Literary Contexts -- 3. Leaf Storm (1955) -- 4. No One Writes to the Colonel (1961) -- 5. The Short Stories -- 6. One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) -- 7. Chronicle of a Death Foretold (1981) -- 8. Love in the Time of Cholera (1985).
The life of Alice Walker -- Literary contexts -- The third life of Grange Copeland (1970) -- Meridian (1976) -- The color purple (1982) -- The temple of my familiar (1989) -- Possessing the secret of joy (1992) -- By the light of my father's smile (1998) -- The way forward is with a broken heart (2000) -- Now is the time to open your heart : a novel (2004).
Biography of Alice Walker -- Plot summary of Meridian -- List of characters in Meridian -- Critical views on Meridian : Marge Piercy on Meridian's saintly progress -- New Yorker on the philosophy of Meridian -- Michael G. Cooke on Walker's vision of the just person -- Peter Erickson on the relationship between mother and daughter -- Deborah E. McDowell on race and gender roles -- Carol Rumens on racial equality and sexual justice -- Thadious M. Davis on the creation of a personal identity -- Barbara Christian on the myth of black motherhood -- Susan Willis on the radical potential of language -- John F. Callahan on the idea of revolution -- John F. Callahan on the aura of voice -- Plot summary of The color purple -- List of characters in The color purple -- Critical views on The color purple -- Gloria Steinem on storytelling style -- Peter S. Prescott on redemptive love -- Mel Watkins on folk voice -- Robert Towers on the rhythms of dialect -- Dinitia Smith on the Southern fictional tradition -- Elizabeth Bartelme on growth and change -- Trudier Harris on the myth of the American Dream -- Bettye J. Parker-Smith on sovereign women -- George Stade on women and men -- Gerald Early on ideological failure -- Richard Wesley on black men -- Darryl Pinckney on the liberating bonds between black women -- Deborah E. McDowell on the linguistic experience -- Bell Hooks on the erotic metaphysic