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Ray Bradbury

Redigerat: jun 18, 2013, 4:20 pm

We may get a whack at Ray Bradbury soon:

A year after author Ray Bradbury's death, the Waukegan (Illinois) Public Library is preparing to inherit a collection of books from the famed science-fiction master. ... After his death, library officials learned Bradbury had bequeathed his personal book collection to the County Street facility. It's no small gift.

"Every room had a bookshelf overflowing," said Rena Morrow, the library's marketing, programming, and exhibits manager.


jun 18, 2013, 8:49 pm

Oh man. Is there any way we can help them out?

jun 18, 2013, 9:55 pm

That would really be worth the trip.

feb 5, 2021, 1:01 pm

In John Baxter's A Pound of Paper, he has an appendix where he's asked book and publishing people about what book they own would they grab in a fire -- It's pretty good. It must be a published book and he asks for a physical description. Baxter jokingly notes his disappointment in Ray Bradbury's choice, and that it wasn't the asbestos bound Fahrenheit 451

Anyway, Ray Bradbury explains he'd grab his copy of Prefaces by Bernard Shaw (Constable, London, 1934).

feb 19, 2021, 12:20 pm

I knew Bradbury willed his personal library to the Waukegan Public Library, but after a few years, I don't think I'd heard much about it. Searching their website, I didn't find much either, except that books were perhaps being sold to fund a statue. So, I wrote to the director. This was his update:

Dear Mr. Clark,
In 2012, Ray Bradbury’s estate donated his personal library to WPL. The collection remains in its full state, and nothing has been sold, they are priceless. We are working on a partnership with the Waukegan Parks Department to curate and showcase the collection in Bradbury’s childhood Carnegie Library on the corner of Washington and Sheridan here in Waukegan, once the building is finished with renovations and ready to have visitors. The former Carnegie WPL will be a Waukegan History Museum in a few years’ time.

Stay tuned for more information in the press and on our website: www.waukeganpl.org

Kind regards,

feb 19, 2021, 12:41 pm

Oh good, at least they haven't been selling them off!