December 18, 2014
One of the reasons I wanted to run an ongoing series on the longtime home of Ray Bradbury was to document the house as it was, while he lived in it. Bradbury was a collector and had deep connections to his personal belongings because they represented memories. The house on Cheviot Drive tells us much about its famous inhabitant. And with the house now sold and its future uncertain, this domestic documentation is more important than ever.
An angle of the Bradbury living room, looking east. This photo was taken the morning of June 28, 2010. In the foreground are copies of the limited edition of LISTEN TO THE ECHOES; in the background is a limited, signed print, “Beyond the Valley,” by Disney famed background artist Eyvind Earle. Bradbury kept oversized stuffed animals on the two sofas in the room.
“Beyond the Valley,” number 60/150 signed by Eyvind Earle