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Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury

You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.

Ray Bradbury selling newspapers on the corner of Olympic and Norton, Los Angeles, c. 1938.

Works Consulted

Bradbury, Ray. "Beyond 1984: The People Machines." Yestermorrow: Obvious Answers to Impossible Futures. Santa Barbara, CA: Joshua Odell Editions, 1991.

———. Fahrenheit 451. 1953. A Del Ray Book published by The Ballantine Publishing Group. Used with permission from the author.


Writers: David Kipen (including "Bradbury and Film"), Campbell Irving, and Erika Koss for the National Endowment for the Arts, with preface by Dana Gioia.

Editors: Susan Chandler for Arts Midwest; Erika Koss for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Special thanks to Susannah Bielak, Maryrose Flanigan, Liz Edgar Hernandez, and Jon Peede.

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