Ray Bradbury’s “The Emissary”

The Library of America features Ray Bradbury’s short story, “The Emissary.” “Bradbury originally wrote “The Emissary” for his first book, Dark Carnival (1947) and then revised it in 1951 for publication in the short-lived literary journal New-Story. He then rewrote it extensively for inclusion in The October Country (1955). Along the way, however, the story appeared in an unexpected form: it was plagiarized, with flimsily disguised alterations (the sick boy confined to bed becomes a blind young woman in a wheelchair), as “What the Dog Dragged In,” in the December 1951 issue of the EC Comics publication Vault of Horror.”

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