In what literary time period was the book Something Wicked This Way Comes written?
Something Wicked This Way Comes is part of the contemporary period of literature—being published in 1962. The movement that Bradbury fits into is colored by the emerging of popular fiction, paperback books that generally fall into specific genres like fantasy, science fiction, romance, or horror.
Bradbury’s story is less like some of the other works of the period in that it doesn’t deal with the philosophy of existentialism—but was instead a forerunner to the popular horror novels of the late ’60s and ’70s. The story is a mix of horror and fantasy elements with a plot built on a coming of age story.
While it is considered popular fiction, at the time when Bradbury wrote it that genre and movement were newly developing, the story has since been classified as a children’s/young adult novel and fits in well with Bradbury’s other coming of age stories like Dandelion Wine and Farewell...
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