CBC Archives: The genius of Ray Bradbury

Happy birthday to late American writer Ray Bradbury, arguably best known for his classic dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451.

Bradbury was born on August 22, 1920, in Illinois. He had a prolific career, writing more than two dozen novels that have sold in excess of eight million copies around the world. He also published over 600 short stories. When Bradbury died in 2012 at the age of 91, many prominent writers--particularly of the science fiction and fantasy genres--credited his works for influencing and inspiring them with his vivid prose and thoughtful explorations of subjects like morality, society and the future. U.S. President Barack Obama himself praised Bradbury for having "reshaped our culture and expanded our world."

To mark Bradbury's literary achievements, we'd like to highlight this classic CBC documentary featuring the great writer. It aired in 1969, just as a few short stories from his collection The Illustrated Man were about to be adapted for a Hollywood film. In this clip, he explains what the movie will be about and describes his literary goals. Enjoy!

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We're also highlighting this archival Ray Bradbury interview from 1992, with Writers and Company host Eleanor Wachtel.

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