Fahrenheit 451: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, 1953 - Fiction - 190 pages
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Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of this timeless classic with a special edition featuring a new introduction by the author and a message that is more relevant today than when it was first published. Since the late 1940s, Ray Bradbury has been revered for his works of science fiction and fantasy. With more than five million copies in print, Fahrenheit 451 -- originally published in 1953 -- remains his most acclaimed work.

Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which book paper burns. Fahrenheit 451 is a novel set in the (perhaps near) future when "firemen" burn books forbidden by a totalitarian "brave new world" regime. The hero, according to Mr. Bradbury, is "a book burner who suddenly discovers that books are flesh-and-blood ideas and cry out silently when put to the torch." Today, when libraries and schools in this country and all over the world are still "burning" certain books, Fahrenheit 451 remains a brilliantly readable and suspenseful work of even greater impact and timeliness.

 

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I last read this book in high school, where it blew me away. On re-read that seems about right developmentally. It is a super easy read, the prose is flowery but not complicated. It is totally ... Read full review

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Reviewed months after reading A disturbing insight into a world where people are dumbed down by entertainment and books are forbidden. Yet no matter how dark things get, there is always hope and always someone fighting back. Read full review

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About the author (1953)

Ray Bradbury has published some 500 short stories, novels, plays, and poems since his first story appeared in Weird Tales when he was twenty years old. For several years, he wrote for Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Twilight Zone, and in 1953 he wrote the screenplay for John Huston's Moby Dick. From 1985 to 1992, he adapted his stories for his own half-hour show on cable television's USA Network. The National Book Foundation, in 2000, awarded their Gold Medal to Ray Bradbury for his contribution to American literature. He lives in Los Angeles, California.