A Medicine for Melancholy

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A Medicine for Melancholy
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Dust-jacket illustration from the first edition
Author Ray Bradbury
Country United States
Language English
Genre Soft science fiction short stories
Publisher Doubleday & Company
Publication date
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)
Pages 240 pp
ISBN 0-380-73086-3 (paperback reprint)
OCLC 38229379

A Medicine for Melancholy (1959) is a collection of short stories by Ray Bradbury. It was first published in the UK by Hart-Davis in 1959 as The Day It Rained Forever with a slightly different list of stories. All of the included stories were previously published.


The British and American editions each had a different selection of stories, as well as ordering.

Story US Edition UK Edition
"In a Season of Calm Weather" (filmed as The Picasso Summer, 1969) 1 4
"The Dragon" 2 9
"A Medicine for Melancholy" 3
"The End of the Beginning" 4 18
"The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit" 5 15
"Fever Dream" 6 2
"The Marriage Mender" 7 12
"The Town Where No One Got Off" 8 7
"A Scent of Sarsaparilla" 9 5
"Icarus Montgolfier Wright" 10 3
"The Headpiece" 11 13
"Dark They Were, and Golden-Eyed" 12 17
"The Smile" 13 11
"The First Night of Lent" 14
"The Time of Going Away" 15 14
"All Summer in a Day" 16
"The Gift" 17 10
"The Great Collision of Monday Last" 18
"The Little Mice" 19 16
"The Shore Line at Sunset", vt "The Sunset Harp" (UK ed.) 20 22
"The Strawberry Window" 21 6
"The Day It Rained Forever" 22 1
"Referent" 21
"Almost the End of the World" 20
"Here There Be Tygers" 8
"Perchance to Dream" 23
"And the Rock Cried Out" 19


Floyd C. Gale rated the collection four stars out of five, writing that "Bradbury's touch breathes fantasy into his most prosaic items ... all have an intense emotional impact".[1]

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  1. ^ Gale, Floyd C. (1959). "Galaxy's 5 Star Shelf". Galaxy. pp. 146–150. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 

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