Ray Bradbury is a science fiction writer, but his mainstream success and popular profile have led to some unusual assessments of his work. In Clute and Nicholls's The Encyclopaedia of Science Fiction, Bradbury is defined as a “fantasy and horror” writer rather than a “science fiction” one, for instance, perhaps because Bradbury has tended to write self-consciously in a “literary” mode, and perhaps because of his “crossover” success (the majority of his stories were not published in generic SF magazines, for instance). His longevity has also been something of a critical conundrum, although it is usually suggested that his best work is from the 1950s, comprising the short stories collected in The Illustrated …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Baker, Brian. "Ray Bradbury". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 June 2008
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=529, accessed 26 September 2016.]

Articles on Bradbury's works

  1. Fahrenheit 451

Related Groups

  1. Speculative and Science Fiction