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New York : Avon Books, c1999.
xiv, 267 p. ; 19 cm.
Sequel: Farewell summer.
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Ray Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Illinois on August 22, 1920. At the age of fifteen, he started submitting short stories to national magazines. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 600 stories, poems, essays, plays, films, television plays, radio, music, and comic books. His books include The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Bradbury Speaks. He won numerous awards for his works including a World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1977, the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation. <p> He wrote the screen play for John Huston's classic film adaptation of Moby Dick, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He adapted 65 of his stories for television's The Ray Bradbury Theater, and won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree. The film The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit was written by Ray Bradbury and was based on his story The Magic White Suit. <p> He was the idea consultant and wrote the basic scenario for the United States pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair, as well as being an imagineer for Walt Disney Enterprises, where he designed the Spaceship Earth exhibition at Walt Disney World's Epcot Center. He died after a long illness on June 5, 2012 at the age of 91. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)
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  Library Journal Review

This 1957 gem is the latest in Avon's ongoing series of Bradbury reprints. This sweet little hardcover features the full text of the novel‘the story of one magical summer in the life of 12-year-old Douglas Spaulding‘along with an introduction by the author. Without flash or best-sellerdom, Bradbury has emerged as one of this country's great writers, and libraries lacking a quality hardcover of his beloved novel should jump on this. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Rhapsodic is the word to describe this episodic novel of the summer of 1928, when 12-year-old Douglas Spaulding first realizes, with a visceral rush, that he is alive! The other discoveries he makes during that memorable season are the stuff of this series of semiautobiographical stories, all set in Greentown, Illinois, a surrogate for Bradbury's own hometown of Waukegan. For Doug and Bradbury summer is a time for rituals, for buying new sneakers, hanging the front-porch swing, picking wild fox grapes, mowing oceans of grass, making dandelion wine, and more. It's a time for savoring small pleasures but also for experiencing the pain of loss when a best friend moves away and a great-grandmother dies. And there's danger, too, symbolized by the deep, midnight-dark ravine that bisects Greentown, where a serial killer dubbed the Lonely One may lurk. All of this is lovingly evoked by Bradbury in one of his most deeply felt and beautifully written books. Dandelion Wine, a classic celebration of childhood and of a sweetly idealized America, remains as pleasurable to read now as when it was first published by Doubleday more than 50 years ago in 1957.--Cart, Michael Copyright 2008 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

A welcome re-issue of that old-young favorite of Douglas Spaulding's twelfth summer in Green Town, Illinois, with a new introduction -- a smaller nostalgia trip in itself -- by Mr. Bradbury on how he wrote this book eighteen years ago. As before, it will be read and read. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
<p>Ray Bradbury's moving recollection of a vanished golden era remains one of his most enchanting novels. Dandelion Wine stands out in the Bradbury literary canon as the author's most deeply personal work, a semi-autobiographical recollection of a magical small-town summer in 1928.</p> <p>Twelve-year-old Douglas Spaulding knows Green Town, Illinois, is as vast and deep as the whole wide world that lies beyond the city limits. It is a pair of brand-new tennis shoes, the first harvest of dandelions for Grandfather's renowned intoxicant, the distant clang of the trolley's bell on a hazy afternoon. It is yesteryear and tomorrow blended into an unforgettable always. But as young Douglas is about to discover, summer can be more than the repetition of established rituals whose mystical power holds time at bay. It can be a best friend moving away, a human time machine who can transport you back to the Civil War, or a sideshow automaton able to glimpse the bittersweet future.</p> <p>Come and savor Ray Bradbury's priceless distillation of all that is eternal about boyhood and summer.</p>
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