Celebrated American author Ray Bradbury died at the age of 91 this morning in Los Angeles, The Associated Press confirmed. The science fiction writer was best known for his 1953 novel Fahrenheit 451, which imagined a futuristic, dystopian United States where books were outlawed.
Bradbury was born Aug. 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Ill. An avid reader and writer as a child, Bradbury began writing seriously after he was rejected from World War II due to poor eyesight. After writing several science fiction pieces for magazines, he published his first collection of short stories, Dark Carnival, in 1947.
Fahrenheit 451 is what put Bradbury on the map, however, and the book is still required reading in schools across the country. Bradbury also authored the story collections The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man, as well as the acclaimed writer’s manual, Zen in the Art of Writing.
Prior to his death, Bradbury had his tombstone engraved. It reads, simply, “Author of Farenheit 451.”