Second Volume of Collected Stories of Ray Bradbury Published

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Bradbury Collected Stories Volume 2 Is Now Available

 

The latest volume of The Collected Stories of Ray Bradbury, prepared by the editorial staff of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, was published in September 2014 by The Kent State University Press. This second volume of the projected eight-volume series (1938-1950) includes twenty-five stories written between April 1943 and March 1944; among these are eight stories that Bradbury never placed in his own story collections during his lifetime. The volumes in the Collected Stories series return to the earliest surviving forms of his oldest published tales, presenting many of them in versions not seen since the 1940s and early 1950s, when the Golden Age of American magazines began to pass into history. The original magazine forms recovered in this volume differ significantly from the versions that Bradbury popularized in his subsequentcollections and novels. For three of these stories (“The Shape of Things,” “The Man Upstairs,” and “Where Everything Ends”), the original typescripts survive, making it possible to establish the critical text directly from the author’s unstyled spellings and punctuation. By documenting the way these stories evolved over time, General Editor Jonathan Eller reveals crucial new information about Bradbury’s maturing creativity and poetic prose style.