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Fahrenheit 451

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Fahrenheit 451

by Bradbury, Ray

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London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1954. A first edition, first printing published by Rupert Hart-Davis in 1954. A very good+ (or better) book without inscriptions - damp-staining to the lower boards with some spotting to the page edges. In a very good clipped wrapper with some light fading to the spine as is usual with this title. Some wear and nicking to the edges. Throughout the novel, Bradbury explores themes such as the importance of literature, the dangers of censorship and conformity, the power of knowledge, and the role of technology in shaping society. "Fahrenheit 451" is often seen as a warning about the potential consequences of a society that prioritises entertainment and conformity over intellectual freedom and critical thinking. The novel's enduring relevance lies in its warning about the dangers of suppressing dissenting voices and the importance of preserving and cherishing knowledge and individuality. It has been adapted into various forms, including a 1966 film and a 2018 HBO television series, both of which have helped keep its message alive for new generations of readers and viewers.


Fahrenheit 451 (Ballantine Books, 1953) by Ray Bradbury is a dystopian novel that presents a future American society in which the masses are hedonistic and critical thought through reading is outlawed. Written in the early years of the Cold War, the novel is a critique of what Bradbury saw as issues in American society of the era. Bradbury combined two of his early short stories, "The Pedestrian" and  "Bright Phoenix," into The Fireman, a novella published in the February 1951 issue of Galaxy Science Fiction. Bradbury's publisher at Ballantine Books then suggested that he expand the work to make into a novel—Fahrenheit 451.

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