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Fahrenheit 451

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Fahrenheit 451
by Ray Bradbury.

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Ray Bradbury

American novelist, short story writer, poet, essayist, playwright, and screenwriter, Ray Bradbury, was born in 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois. His formal education ended with high school, but he became, as he calls it, a "student of life," selling newspapers on Los Angeles street corners from 1938 to 1942, spending his nights in the public library and his days at the typewriter. He became a full-time writer in 1943, and contributed many short stories to periodicals before publishing a collection of them in 1947. His reputation as a writer of courage and vision was established with the publication of The Martian Chronicles in 1950. Many consider Fahrenheit 451 to be Bradbury's masterpiece.

A Bradbury Bibliography

Novels and Novellas

1953 Fahrenheit 451
1957 Dandelion Wine
1962 Something Wicked This Way Comes
2002 Let's All Kill Constance

Short Story Collections

1947 Dark Carnival (abridged as The Small Assassin)
1950 The Martian Chronicles (retitled The Silver Locusts)
1951 The Illustrated Man
1953 The Golden Apples of the Sun
1955 The October Country
1959 A Medicine for Melancholy (revised as The Day It Rained Forever)
1962 R Is for Rocket
1964 The Machineries of Joy
1965 The Vintage Bradbury
1966 S Is for Space
1969 I Sing the Body Electric!
1976 Long After Midnight
1979 To Sing Strange Songs
1980 The Stories of Ray Bradbury
1983 Dinosaur Tales
1988 The Toynbee Convector
2002 One More for the Road

Selected Plays & Other Works

1975 Pillar of Fire and Other Plays for Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond Tomorrow
1982 The Complete Poems of Ray Bradbury
“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”
—Ray Bradbury
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