Richard David Bach Short Story Analysis

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Richard David Bach, an American writer, was born in the year 1936 in Oak Park, Illinois. He is the son of Roland Robert and Ruth Helen. He entitles himself to be a successor of Johann Sebastian Bach, a well-known German composer. Since he was 17 years old, he pursued flying as an interest. He attended Long Beach State College in 1955. He has numerous works of fiction and nonfiction – Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1970), Illusions (1977) and Out of My Mind (1999). It was said that most of his books have been semi-autobiographical, using real or adapted events from his life to exemplify his philosophy. Bach’s philosophy is that our external physical limits and mortality are just appearance. Bach is well-known for his love of flying; in fact, his books are linked to air flight and flying in a metaphorical context. Bach married Bette Franks and had six children. One of his children, Jonathan, wrote a book about his relation with his father he never knew. It was entitled Above the Clouds. They divorced in 1970. He became an airplane pilot and got married with his second wife, Leslie Parrish. Bach married his third wife, Sabryna Nelson-Alexopoulos in April 1999.

In the year 2012, he was severely injured because of his aircraft that clipped some power lines and crashed upside down when approaching to landing at Friday Harbor. He was hospitalized for four months and eventually discharged. Because of his near-death experience he got inspired to finish the fourth

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