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Early Life and Work

Ray Douglas Bradbury was born on August 22nd, 1920 in Waukegan Illinois. He grew up in a close-knit family and read works by Edgar Allen Poe and Nathanial Hawthorne throughout his childhood and teenage years. In 1938, he graduated high school, finishing his formal education, and moved to California to pursue a career as a writer. He spent his days on a Los Angeles street corner and at night in libraries writing short stories and poetry, which got published in local magazines and newspapers. These early years were difficult for Bradbury.

3c Edgar Allan Poe single

Image of Edgar Allen Poe, one of Bradbury's influences. The 3-cent Edgar Allen Poe stamp was issued on October 7, 1949.

20c America's Libraries single

Ray Bradbury spent many nights writing in libraries in the early years of his career. The 20-Cent America's Library Stamp was issued on July 13, 1982.

40 lira 1861 an d1961 Mastheads single

Ray Bradbury Worked selling Newspapers as a part time job. The 40 Lire 1861-1961 Mastheads stamp is a stamp from Vatican City Issued June 29, 1961.