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Ray Bradbury, the author of Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, has died at the age of 91, his publisher confirmed.

According to a statement from HarperCollins, Bradbury ”died peacefully, last night, in Los Angeles, after a lengthy illness.”

Details of his illness were not made available, but the author had been in a wheelchair in recent years after suffering a stroke.

“In a career spanning more than seventy years, Ray Bradbury has inspired generations of readers to dream, think, and create,” the statement read. “A prolific author of hundreds of short stories and close to fifty books, as well as numerous poems, essays, operas, plays, teleplays, and screenplays, Bradbury was one of the most celebrated writers of our time.”

Bradbury also wrote episodes for The Twilight Zone and adapted the screenplay for 1956′s Moby Dick, among many other works.

He is survived by his four daughters and eight grandchildren. His wife died in 2003.

Photo Credit: AP 


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=605784922 Kristen Wilhoit

    I absolutely loved Fahrenheit 451. It was one of the few assigned reading books that I really enjoyed in high school. Rest in peace Bradbury.

  • writeworld

    This is very sad news. Thank you for posting this and letting everyone know, Hypable (Andrea). I’m gonna go read The Martian Chronicles now…
    Also, I think you meant “four daughters”.

  • http://twitter.com/purplehrdwonder Caitlin Kelly

    I feel like a terrible book person for not realizing he was still alive…

  • http://hypable.com/author/jeremy-baril/ Jeremy Baril

    Heartbreaking news. Loved that man.

  • Dreamer

    Awww! He was a great author. I read 451 last year and really enjoyed it!

  • gleeky-potterhead

    We read his short story, “The Drummer Boy of Shiloh” during class this year, and I loved it. We spent so much time in this story because my LA teacher practically worshiped this man. Rest in piece, Mr. Bradbury! You will be missed!

    • gleeky-potterhead

      *peace. I don’t know what I was thinking…

  • Alyssa

    I read Fahrenheit 451 last fall. I hated it, although I loved Clarisse. It was actually probably a pretty good book, but I hated my English teacher so much and she kept going on and on about the symbolism of hands in the book and how Montag kept blaming his hands. The whole had thing annoyed me so much.

    The book actually wasn’t that bad, thinking on it. It was just the teacher and the hands.

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