"THE WRITER MOST RESPONSIBLE FOR BRINGING MODERN SCIENCE FICTION INTO THE LITERARY MAINSTREAM": FIRST EDITION OF THE ILLUSTRATED MAN, INSCRIBED BY RAY BRADBURY
BRADBURY, Ray. The Illustrated Man. Garden City: Doubleday, 1951. Octavo, original beige cloth, original dust jacket.
First edition of this classic collection of 18 science fiction stories, boldly inscribed on the title page by Bradbury, "L—! Ray Bradbury 5/6/93," a splendid copy.
American science fiction author Bradbury is best known for the novels Fahrenheit 451 and Something Wicked This Way Comes, and for the intertwined stories of The Martian Chronicles. Bradbury was also a prolific short story writer; his "vintage years are normally thought to be 1946-55; his other short story collections of that period are certainly superior to those he produced later. They begin with The Illustrated Man, in which the tales are given a linking framework; they are all seen as magical tattoos which, springing from the body of the protagonist, become living stories" (Clute & Nicolls, 152). Bradbury's "imaginative and lyrical evocations of the future reflected both the optimism and the anxieties of his own postwar America… By many estimations Bradbury was the writer most responsible for bringing modern science fiction into the literary mainstream. His name would appear near the top of any list of major science fiction writers of the 20th century… Though none of his works won a Pulitzer Prize, Bradbury received a Pulitzer citation in 2007 'for his distinguished, prolific and deeply influential career as an unmatched author of science fiction and fantasy'" (New York Times). "First Edition" on the copyright page. Currey, 45.
Book fine; faintest toning to spine, mere trace of edge-wear to about-fine price-clipped dust jacket. A handsome inscribed copy.