The death of science fiction-fantasy writer Ray Bradbury this week is sure to renew interest in his work, so we checked with the Clinton-Macomb Public Library to find out what they have on hand.
Bradbury died Tuesday night in California at the age of 91, his daughter Alexandra Bradbury told the Associated Press. No additional details were available.
Bradbury "transformed his childhood dreams and Cold War fears into telepathic Martians, lovesick sea monsters, and, in uncanny detail, the high-tech, book-burning future of Fahrenheit 451,” the AP said. Among his many notable honors, Bradbury received a special Pulitzer Prize citation "for his distinguished, prolific and deeply influential career as an unmatched author of science fiction and fantasy" in 2007.
Clinton-Macomb Public Library
Clinton-Macomb Public Library South Branch Circulation Manager Matthew Piper said he believes Bradbury will be best remembered for "helping elevate science fiction and fantasy, previously regarded as so much pulp, to genuine literary status."
Among CMPL's three branches, there are more than 20 Bradbury titles available in multiple formats, from hard copy and audio books, to short story collections and autobiographies.
"His novels and short stories, written in elegant, crystalline and unmistakably American prose, continue to bewitch and transport readers, and his urgent cautions against technological dehumanization and thought control only grow more pressing," Piper said.
Across its branches, the library carries some 60 titles relating to Bradbury's vast body of work, inluding his more popular works Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, Something Wicked This Way Comes and Dandelion Wine, and various compilations of short stories, Bradbury’s autobiography, a graphic novel version of Fahrenheit 451, and the latest published piece of Bradbury’s, We’ll Always Have Paris.
That so many of his works can be found in the library is only fitting, as Bradbury held the institution in the highest esteem throughout his life. In an interview with The Paris Review, Bradbury once said:
“When I graduated from high school in 1938, I began going to the library three nights a week. I did this every week for almost ten years and finally, in 1947, around the time I got married, I figured I was done. So I graduated from the library when I was 27. I discovered that the library is the real school.”