Becoming Ray Bradbury
by Jonathan R. Eller
University of Illinois Press | 9780252036293 | $34.95 | Aug 2011
It's the featured review in Shelf Awareness for August 9, 2011:
In Becoming Ray Bradbury, Jonathan R. Eller painstakingly details the process by which the young writer consciously shifted his literary influences from pulp writers like Edgar Rice Burroughs and H.P. Lovecraft to literary figures like Thomas Wolfe and John Steinbeck. Drawing upon interviews with his subject, as well as access to his archival papers, and light critical analysis of the stories, Eller lays out Bradbury's tightrope walk along "the line between unrestrained individualism and the effective use of technique," resulting in short stories that used science fiction and fantasy tropes to reach out to larger audiences.